Most import and export of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn as well as virtually all commercial trade are outlawed in the United States. Credit: Cyndi Perry / USFWS
Canadian Antiques Dealer Guilty in Rhino Horn Smuggling
November 25, 2014
Xiao Ju "Tony" Guan, a Canadian antiques dealer, has pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to attempting to smuggle rhinoceros horns from New York to Canada. Guan was arrested in March as part of Operation Crash, a nationwide crackdown in the illegal trafficking in rhinoceros horns, after buying two endangered black rhinoceros horns from undercover special agents with the Fish and Wildlife Service. Guan admitted that he had smuggled more than $400,000 worth of rhino horns and sculptures made from elephant ivory and coral.
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