24 Feb '12, 7pm

Rhino Horn Trafficking Ring Busted on U.S. Soil

Rhino Horn Trafficking Ring Busted on U.S. Soil

Evidence seized by Service special agents during searches related to Los Angeles defendants in Operation Crash. Items shown include rhino horns and parts. © USFWS The devastating and illegal trafficking of rhino horns is not confined to Africa and Asia. In the past week, seven people were arrested in Los Angeles, Newark and New York on charges of trafficking in critically endangered black rhinoceros. In total, 37 rhino horns were seized, along with approximately $1 million in cash, $1 million in bars of gold, diamonds and Rolex watches. Special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations made the arrests and have executed search warrants in five different states as part of “Operation Crash,” a multi-agency effort to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black market trade of enda...

Full article: http://www.worldwildlife.org/who/media/press/2012/WWFPres...

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