Supporting Partners to Sharpen Their Strategy
In 2016, with funding from the Friedman French and Wildcat Foundations, CINTOC worked behind the scenes supporting the U.S. Department of Justice extract 4 major ivory and drug traffickers based in Mombasa, Kenya.
Due to corruption, threats and bureaucratic sloth the extradition had stalled more than a year. The traffickers finally arrived in the United States on January 31, 2017.
CINTOC focused on reaching decision-makers in the U.S. and Kenyan governments and helping them understand that the smugglers could be tied to more than 30 tons of ivory seizures since 2013, as well as being major drug traffickers.
Results: Since their arrival in the U.S., there has not been a single large-scale ivory seizure related to Mombasa, nor to members of this crime family or their partners.
Law Enforcement Support
CINTOC supported Gabon’s park service for two years supporting the investigative unit to identify and track the smuggling syndicates illegally exporting more than a ton of ivory a month from Gabon’s parks and forests.
In November 2017, the Gabonese team arrested the number one exporter as well as a key financial officer facilitating ivory payments coming from Nigeria.
Results: Ivory exports dropped by more than half.
Forging New Partnerships
CINTOC partnered with the Hong Kong NGO Liberty Asia to bring together NGOs and law enforcement agencies fighting human trafficking and the illegal wildlife trade. In 2016, they launched an innovative program to produce analytic typologies on trafficking syndicates in proven data format and use it to engage the financial industry in fighting illegal trafficking.