A Tanzanian court has sentenced Peter Kabi And Leonidia Kabi to 20 years imprisonment after it had convicted them last week on smuggling ivory valued at 1.1 million US dollars.
While still one of the largest Elephant populations in Africa, Tanzania has still lost over 60% of their elephants between 2009 and 2014
Tanzania's elephant population is one of the largest in Africa. But according to the most recent government survey the population had dropped from 109, 051 to 43,521.
With that 60 percent loss of elephants Tanzania has been cracking down on poachers.
Peter Kabi And Leonidia Kabi was arrested on October 27, 2012 at their home in Kimara in Dar es Salaam, officials found the couple had 510 pieces of elephant tusks weighing 450.6 kilograms and five pieces of elephant bones with an estimated value of $1.1 million U.S. dollars.
The Kisutu Resident Magistrate's Court in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam jailed the couple -- Peter Kabi and Leonidia Kabi on Monday found the couple guilty of three offences running an organized crime family, unlawful possession of the ivory without a valid license and engagement in ivory trade.
The prosecution charged that the couple killed 93 elephants to get the 510 pieces of ivory.
Biswalo Mganga, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), said the government intended to file an application seeking confiscation of property belonging to the couple.
"The state cannot let people benefit from government resources they acquire illegally," Mganga told a news conference shortly after the judgment.
"We will file an application to the court requesting the confiscation of the house used to store the elephant tusks," said Mganga.