26 Jul '11, 8pm

Art Dealer Charged After "One of the Largest American Seizures of Elephant Ivory on Record"...

Photo credit: US Attorney's Office A Philadelphia-based art dealer has been charged with smuggling an entire ton of ivory into the United States. The ivory is believed to have come from the poaching of hundreds of threatened African elephants. It's one of the largest seizures of ivory on record, according to the US attorney's office. And it was a deliberate, well-orchestrated operation, too. The New York Times reveals how it worked : A Philadelphia art and antiquities dealer, Victor Gordon, was arraigned on smuggling charges in federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday after, the authorities said, they seized about a ton of carved ivory that he had had a confederate bring into Kennedy in his luggage between 2006 and 2009. Mr. Gordon, 68, had his agent purchase raw ivory and get it carved and then stained or dyed so that it appeared old and therefore not subject to endangered sp...

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