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The heads of two whale-like creatures with single tusks breach the ocean.
Market value of teeth and tusks illegally imported by Zarauskas was $120,000- $200,000.
Credit: Glen Williams/National Institute of Standards and Technology

New Jersey man gets prison time for illegal narwhal trafficking

In a case pursued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region Office of Law Enforcement, Andrew J. Zarauskas, a New Jersey resident, was sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegally importing and trafficking in narwhal tusks and associated money laundering crimes.

Zarauskas was also ordered to forfeit $85,089, six narwhal tusks and one narwhal skull and to pay a fine of $7,500.

Press release from Department of Justice
USFWS Northeast Region Office of Law Enforcement

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Published on: Wednesday, January 14,2015

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