January 7th, 2014. Federal prosecutors announced two guilty pleas on Tuesday, Jan. 7th in a ring that trafficked from Tennessee to Canada and Alaska in tusks from more than 100 narwhal whales, marine mammals listed internationally as endangered species.
They sold some of them on the “Ebay” web site, prosecutors said.
Jay C. of Lakeland, Tenn., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Maine to separate counts of conspiring to launder money, to illegally import and to illegally traffic in narwhal tusks, charges carrying a penalty of up to 20 years in jail and a $250,000 fine, the Justice Department announced.
Separately, prosecutors in Maine unsealed a plea agreement submitted to a federal judge in Anchorage in which Eddie D. of Eads, Tenn., admitted to conspiring to illegally traffic and to trafficking in narwhal tusks. He faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine.
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