Chinese Ivory Trafficker Jailed in Kenya

A Chinese national has been sentenced to prison in Kenya. Photo by Marcimarc.Marcimarc via  Wikimedia Commons
A Chinese national has been sentenced to prison in Kenya. Photo by Marcimarc.Marcimarc via Wikimedia Commons

A Chinese woman identified as Chen Biemei has been sent to prison for two years and seven months for attempting to smuggle 6.9 kg of ivory out of Kenya.

Chen was arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on August 14, 2013. She tried to disguise the ivory trinkets as macadamia nuts in order to smuggle the contraband to Hong Kong on Kenya Airways Flight KQ 862, according to Kenya Wildlife Service.

“Biemei pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to serve eight months for being in possession of ivory, 15 months for dealing in ivory and eight months for failing to make a report to wildlife authorities of being in possession of the ivory without an option of fine.”

Chen will be serving her sentence at Lang’ata Women’s Prison, Kenya’s largest female maximum-security facility, located on the outskirts of Nairobi.


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Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.