2022 has seen dramatic developments in the fight against one of the most significant and far-reaching ivory trafficking networks operating in Africa and into Asia, known as the Kromah network.
Three key members of this network, Liberian Moazu Kromah, Guinean Amara Cherif and Kenyan Mansur Mohamed Surur, pleaded guilty earlier this year in the Southern District of New York to trafficking elephant ivory and rhino horns, as well as narcotic offenses. On August 18, 2022, Kromah was sentenced to 63 months in prison. Cherif and Surur are awaiting sentencing. All had been arrested in Africa and taken to the US – Kromah from Uganda in 2019, Cherif from Senegal in 2019 and Surur from Kenya in 2021.
A fifth defendant, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, a Kenyan citizen, remained a fugitive, also with a reward of up to US$1 million being offered. He was finally arrested in Kenya on August 1, 2022, during an early morning raid on a rented property in Meru County. Plans are now being made for his extradition to the US.