Tanzania: Chinese woman, 2 local men charged with smuggling 1.9 tons of ivory

A Chinese woman has been charged in a Tanzanian court with smuggling nearly 1.9 tons of ivory.

Businesswoman Yang Clan, 66, was charged Wednesday before Magistrate Renatus Lutatinisibwa alongside two Tanzanian men in Dar es Salaam.

The three suspects allegedly committed the crime between Jan. 1, 2000 and May 22, 2014. Their case was adjourned to Monday.

According to the Tanzanian government, 65,721 elephants have died in the country in the last five years, many killed by poachers for their ivory tusks. Tanzania's elephant population has plummeted from an estimated 109,051 in 2009 to 43,330 in 2014.