Kenya Extradites its Citizen for Trafficking Rhino Horns, Elephant Ivory, and Heroin

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Bruce Zagaris

                On January 25, 2021, Mohamed Surur, a Kenyan citizen, arrived in the United States, after Kenya extradited him. Kenyan authorities arrested Surur on July 29, 2020, in Mombasa, Kenya, on U.S. charges of conspiracy to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory. Both derivatives come from endangered wildlife species. He allegedly participated in illegal poaching of more than approximately 35 rhinoceros and more than 10 elephants. The indictment also charged him with conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of heroin.[1]

[1]    U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Announces Extradition of Kenyan National for Large-Scale Trafficking of Rhinoceros Horns and Elephant Ivory and Heroin Distribution,  Press Rel. 21-012, Jan. 25, 2021.