The CITES office in China has released details of a number of cases involving ivory importing and trading. In the most recent case 8 people accused of illegal ivory trading received prison sentences of between 3 and 15 years. The recent case involved the import of 3.6 tonnes of ivory between 2010 and 2012.
The traders had bought the ivory online through an auction website and imported it into China marked as shipments of calligraphy brush canisters or sewage pipes. The ivory was then sold to customers in China through an online shop.
The leader of the group was sentenced to 15 years in prison and order to forfeit his $500,000 in cash. The sentences were handed out by officials in east China’s Anhui Province for smuggling.