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Feds: Pa. shop-owner smuggled ton of banned ivory



Published: Tue, July 26, 2011 @ 3:48 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man who owns a Philadelphia art store has been charged in New York City with smuggling one ton of banned African elephant ivory into the United States.

Federal prosecutors say 68-year-old Victor Gordon surrendered today in Brooklyn and was released on $1 million bond.

Authorities say Gordon got his ivory from West and Central Africa and smuggled it through New York. They say Gordon paid someone to buy and carve the ivory, and then had them stain it to appear old.

Conservationists consider the illegal ivory trade a major threat to the African elephant population.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch, of New York, says the amount of ivory is staggering.


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1fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

i seriously hope this guy gets the maximum penalty for this ..... many african animals will soon be extinct because of the poaching and because of people like him

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2FrontRowJoe(8 comments)posted 3 years, 1 month ago

Where the hell do you hide elephant tusks if you are smuggling them across the world? Stevie Wonder could have spotted this guy coming.

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