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.