Wildlife Trafficker Who Sold Rhinoceros Horns and Elephant Ivory to Buyers in the U.S. and Asia Sentenced to Fifty-Seven Months in Federal Prison

U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods sentenced Guinea citizen Amara Cherif to fifty-seven months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to traffic millions of dollars in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, which involved the illegal poaching of more than approximately thirty-five rhinoceros and more than one hundred elephants. Cherif’s co-conspirators, Liberian citizen Moazu Kromah, and Kenyan Mansur Mohamed Surur, each previously were sentenced to more than four years in federal prison. The three co-conspirators trafficked and sold approximately 190 kilograms of rhinoceros horns and at least 10 tons of elephant ivory from multiple East African countries, including Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal, and Tanzania, to buyers in the United States and Southeast Asia from December 2012 through at least May 2019.