Donatien Kautcha,
March 29, 2018

Côte d'Ivoire: Lutte contre le trafic d'espèces protégées,  un trafiquant membre du réseau criminel démantelé en janvier dernier arrêté

Ivory Coast: Fight against the trafficking of protected species, a
trafficker member of the criminal network dismantled last January


It’s the end of the road for the right arm of the Vietnamese international
trafficker Tran Van Tu. Moussa Ouedraogo was arrested Wednesday, March 21,
2018, in San Pedro, Bardot district, by organized transnational crime units
(UCT), with the technical assistance of the project EAGLE-Cote d’Ivoire.

This arrest follows several days of spinning. According to sources close to
the case, the 43-year-old man is one of the major traffickers of the
international criminal network that was dismantled last January.

He was responsible for hiding the ivories in the logs before putting them
in the containers for export to the Asian market. Between 28 September 2016
and 6 December 2017, nearly 1500kg of ivory were seized by the Vietnamese
and Cambodian authorities. According to these authorities, these ivories
came from the port of San Pedro.

The elephant tusks had been found in logs of wood, closed with wax: A modus
operandi bearing the signature of the trafficker and his comrades arrested
last January.

The man had fled Ivory Coast for his country of origin, Burkina Faso, at
the time his acolytes fell in the cracks of the agents of the UCT in
Abidjan. His base being in San Pedro, the trafficker returned to the
seaside town there.

This is a great coup realized by the Ivorian authorities with technical
support EAGLE-Ivory Coast, the organization specialized in the fight
against trafficking of protected species. “He had been hiding since
January, and the authorities have just taken him. I am satisfied with this
arrest. This shows once again that the Ivorian authorities are determined
to support us in the fierce fight against this trafficking” rejoiced Rens
Ilgen, coordinator of the project EAGLE-Cote d’Ivoire.

As a reminder, between January 18 and 21, 2018, an international criminal
network operating in  illicit ivory trafficking, headed by Vietnamese Tran
Van Tu and five of his accomplices, were arrested in Operation ”Stop the
Ivory ” in Abidjan, with 469 kg of ivory and 578 kg of pangolin scales.
Handguns were also seized.

Since then, they have been transferred to the Abidjan Detention and
Correctional Center (MACA) where their case is being investigated. And
Moussa Ouedraogo will not escape Rens Ilgen.


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