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Narwhal Tusk Trafficker Found Guilty
NBC News ^ | Daniel Arkin

Posted on 02/22/2014 12:18:32 PM PST by nickcarraway

A new Jersey man was found guilty Friday of illegally trafficking and smuggling imported whale tusks.

A federal jury in Bangor, Maine, also found Andrew L. Zarauskas, 60, of Union, N.J., guilty of money laundering crimes associated with the purchase and attempted sale of tusks from narwhals, a medium-sized whale with an extremely long tusk that is much-sought by collectors.

The conviction was announced in a U.S. Department of Justice statement. An indictment by a federal grand jury in Maine had named Zarauskas and an alleged co-conspirator: Jay G. Conrad of Lakeland, Tenn., who pleaded guilty in January.

"Zarauskas and his co-conspirators flouted U.S. law and international agreements that protect marine mammals such as the narwhal for their own personal financial benefit," Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in the statement. "The Justice Department will continue to investigate and prosecute those engaged in this insidious trade in order to protect species for future generations to enjoy."

Between 2002 and 2008, Zarauskas purchased roughly 33 narwhal tusks that he knew were ilegally imported to the U.S. from Canada in violation of federal law, the Justice Department said.

Sentencing dates for Zarauskus and Conrad have not been set.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Pennsylvania
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1 posted on 02/22/2014 12:18:32 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve been accused of smuggling a narwal tusk myself a time or two.


2 posted on 02/22/2014 12:20:42 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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3 posted on 02/22/2014 12:21:01 PM PST by redhead (NO GROUND TO THE DEVIL! Remember BENGHAZI!! Use Weaponized Prayer)
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To: nickcarraway

Tsk tsk.

Err, tusk, tusk.


4 posted on 02/22/2014 12:21:02 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: cripplecreek

sounds like a whale of a story


5 posted on 02/22/2014 12:22:43 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: nickcarraway

I believe if an Eskimo carves his initials into one and calls it art, they are legal to own. Narwhal tusks were passed off as unicorn horns a few centuries ago.


6 posted on 02/22/2014 12:26:19 PM PST by dainbramaged (Windage and elevation, Mrs. Langdon; windage and elevation.)
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To: bigheadfred
Rock - So why you inna pen?

Zarauskas - Smuggling narwhal horns.

Rock - WTF?

7 posted on 02/22/2014 12:28:20 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe he should of tried the defense of “I thought they were Unicorn horns”, those aren’t protected are they?


8 posted on 02/22/2014 12:31:55 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: dainbramaged
Narwhal tusks were passed off as unicorn horns a few centuries ago.

So the perfect defense would be to claim they are unicorn horns?

9 posted on 02/22/2014 12:33:52 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred

“Narwhal tusks were passed off as unicorn horns a few centuries ago.
So the perfect defense would be to claim they are unicorn horns?”

He should’ve claimed he found them on the beach...

Elizabeth the 1st had one:

http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/2010/10/20/elizabeth-is-magical-unicorn-by-carlyn-beccia/


10 posted on 02/22/2014 12:49:51 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

yeah but she was a queen

FWIW it is illegal to own or possess any raptor parts around here although i am fond of the great horned owl talons adorning my walking stick


11 posted on 02/22/2014 12:54:25 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: nickcarraway

I got just the thing.

12 posted on 02/22/2014 12:58:01 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: nickcarraway

Would the material make good pistol handles?


13 posted on 02/22/2014 12:58:14 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

It’s ivory.


14 posted on 02/22/2014 1:01:45 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: nickcarraway

Captain Nemo...


15 posted on 02/22/2014 1:04:59 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: dainbramaged

I bet they are legal in Canada but the envrio wackos decides its not nice to bring them here.


16 posted on 02/22/2014 1:54:14 PM PST by riverrunner
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

What’s so wrong with a .45ACP Kimber with ivory handles?

Hell, when I was a teen, I played billiards with balls made of ivory. (Not mine, but with the ones one the table.)

Patton had ivory handles on the revolver he carried and nobody complained about them.

What’s wrong with you, America?


17 posted on 02/22/2014 5:16:43 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG
Hey, I never said there was anything wrong with ivory handles. Au contraire, I thought that mentioning that the tusks are ivory was all that needed to be said.
18 posted on 02/22/2014 5:26:48 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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