Philadelphia Businessman Indicted for African Elephant Ivory Trafficking; Approximately One Ton Seized

The owner of an African arts store in Philadephia has been
arrested and charged with 10 felony counts for orchestrating the
smuggling of elephant ivory from Africa and selling new carvings to
customers in the United States as antiques.

Service special agents, whose investigation secured conspiracy,
smuggling, and wildlife trafficking counts against the defendant,
seized approximately one ton of African elephant ivory linked to
the man’s business during the course of the investigation. African
elephants are protected as threatened under the U.S. Endangered
Species Act; trade in their ivory is controlled under U.S. law and
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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