Chinese national charged with leading ivory smuggling ring

2017-07-24 22:13
Carved ivory elephant. (iStock)

Carved ivory elephant. (iStock)

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Boston - A Chinese national has been arraigned in federal court in Boston on charges he led a conspiracy to illegally smuggle $700 000 worth of goods made from banned rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral.

Guan Zong Chen was arrested last year while travelling from China to Australia, which extradited him to the US on a 2015 indictment. He pleaded not guilty on Monday.

The indictment alleges Chen bought the artifacts at auction houses in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. It says he conspired with an unidentified Chinese national to pick up the items and mail some to a shipping business in Concord, Massachusetts, which repackaged and falsely labelled them.

Trade in rhino horn, elephant ivory and coral has been regulated since 1976 under an international treaty.

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