Camer Be

Franck Bafeli
November 21, 2018

Three traffickers shall again take to the stands at the Bonanjo court of
first instance on November 23 to answer to charges of illegal possession
and circulation of thousands of wildlife products.

They were arrested with 158 ivory tusks, over 1000kg of pangolin scales 124
parrot heads and over 1300 parrot feathers a year ago as they were loading
the contraband on board a truck that was heading to Nigeria.

The operation was carried out at the Bois de Singes neighbourhood in Douala
by the police mobile intervention unit (GMI) following investigations that
provided enough evidence of the activities of the three according to a
source close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The debates had been going on in the case that shall be heard for the 10th
time, and the wildlife law enforcement body LAGA is technically assisting
wildlife officials in the follow-up of the matter.

Witnesses shall to take the stands during the hearing to testify in the
case that may soon draw to an end.

According to the wildlife law, anyone found in possession of part or whole
of a protected wildfire species is considered to have killed or captured
the animal and could face an imprisonment term of up to 3 years.

The destination of the products and the quantities involved point to a very
organized business that uses Douala as a collection centre for products
sourced from different parts of the country.

The variety of products in such huge quantities is equally very unusual
because when dealing in bulk traffickers generally have a single product,
according to wildlife law enforcement experts who say there is a probable
link between ivory and pangolin scales trafficking.

Ivory traffickers are taking advantage of their long-groomed skills in
handling big consignments to engaging in pangolin scales trafficking that
warrants load management skills.

The expertise needed in concealing and transporting ivory is clearly
adapted to the handling of pangolin scales.

Surges in prices of pangolin scales in Asian markets is attracting ivory
traffickers into the scales business. Some ivory traffickers have shifted
into pangolin scales trafficking or simply included scales trafficking to
their portfolio.

This can only be extremely bad news for law enforcement agencies because
ivory traffickers are among the most sophisticated in the business and very
difficult to investigate and arrest.

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November 21, 2018

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Three traffickers shall again take to the stands at the Bonanjo court of
first instance on November 23 to answer to charges of illegal possession
and circulation of thousands of wildlife products.

They were arrested with 158 ivory tusks, over 1000kg of pangolin scales 124
parrot heads and over 1300 parrot feathers a year ago as they were loading
the contraband on board a truck that was heading to Nigeria.

The operation was carried out at the Bois de Singes neighbourhood in Douala
by the police mobile intervention unit (GMI) following investigations that
provided enough evidence of the activities of the three according to a
source close to the case who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The debates had been going on in the case that shall be heard for the 10th
time, and the wildlife law enforcement body LAGA is technically assisting
wildlife officials in the follow-up of the matter.

Witnesses shall to take the stands during the hearing to testify in the
case that may soon draw to an end.

According to the wildlife law, anyone found in possession of part or whole
of a protected wildfire species is considered to have killed or captured
the animal and could face an imprisonment term of up to 3 years.

The destination of the products and the quantities involved point to a very
organized business that uses Douala as a collection centre for products
sourced from different parts of the country.

The variety of products in such huge quantities is equally very unusual
because when dealing in bulk traffickers generally have a single product,
according to wildlife law enforcement experts who say there is a probable
link between ivory and pangolin scales trafficking.

Ivory traffickers are taking advantage of their long-groomed skills in
handling big consignments to engaging in pangolin scales trafficking that
warrants load management skills.

The expertise needed in concealing and transporting ivory is clearly
adapted to the handling of pangolin scales.

Surges in prices of pangolin scales in Asian markets is attracting ivory
traffickers into the scales business. Some ivory traffickers have shifted
into pangolin scales trafficking or simply included scales trafficking to
their portfolio.

This can only be extremely bad news for law enforcement agencies because
ivory traffickers are among the most sophisticated in the business and very
difficult to investigate and arrest.

https://www.camer.be/71571/11:1/cameroun-cameroon-three-in-court-on-november-23-for-trafficking-thousands-of-wildlife-products-cameroon.html