“Queen of Ivory” accused of smuggling 700 elephant tusks got busted



By SisiBroad | October 12, 2015 1:20 am

Mrs. Yang Feng Glan, 66, allegedly smuggled the tusks –during several years- from Tanzania to Asia.

She could now face up to 20 years in jail.

Glan is “the most important ivory trafficker ever arrested in Tanzania, according to the Elephant Action League.

Thousands of elephants are brutally killed every year for their tusks by those who participate in the sick trade.

Mrs. Yang Feng Glan, 66, a

Mrs. Yang Feng Glan, 66

A spokesman for the campaign group said:

– She recently disappeared from Tanzania, moving to Uganda, but returned one week ago, when the task force swiftly moved and arrested her. After confessing to many of her crimes she has been taken to the high court of Dar es Salaam.

Glan learned Swahili and moved to Tanzania in 1975 as a translator when China was building a railway, the spokesman added.

She reportedly has been trafficking ivory since at least 2006, working with the most high-ranking poachers in the country.

Elephant Action League co-founder Andrea Crosta welcomed the news of Glan’s arrest, saying:-Finally, a high-profile trafficker is in jail. Hopefully, she can lead us to other major traffickers and corrupt government officials. We must put an end to the time of the untouchables if we want to save the elephants.

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