U.S. Prosecution of Three Wildlife Trafficking Violations Shows the Rising Incidence of Violations

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
37
Issue: 
9
Abstract: 

In August and September, the United States has prosecuted three cases for wildlife trafficking.  On August 11, 2021, the U.S. Court in Anchorage, Alaska, sentenced an Anchorage man to six months home confinement and more than $400,000 in fines and restitution for illegally trafficking in walrus ivory and failure to report business income to the IRS.[1]  On August 31, 2021, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced a Virginia man for selling elephant and whale ivory online in violation of the Endangered Species Act.[2]  On September 3, a U.S. District Court sentenced a Mexican national to three years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to smuggle protected reptiles from Mexico to the United States.[3]



[1]    U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Alaska, Anchorage Businessman Convicted and Sentenced for Walrus Ivory Trafficking and Tax Evasion, Press Rel. 21-57, Aug. 11, 2021.

[2]    Bridget Macdonald, Buyer beware:  Virginia man sentenced for selling elephant and whale ivory online in violation of the Endangered Species Act, https://medium.com/usfishandwildlifeservicenortheast/buyer-beware-701561685eb6, Aug. 31, 2021.

[3]    U.S. Department of Justice, Mexican National Sentenced for Trafficking in Wildlife, Press Rel. No. 21-836, Sept. 3, 2021.