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