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Animal Attraction: Texas Man Pleads Guilty in Ivory Smuggling Case

by Stacy Fox

Posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:49 AM

U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a 44-year-old Plano, Texas man has pleaded guilty to negligently attempting to smuggle ivory carvings from the United States.

Shichen Wang pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense of negligent attempted transportation of wildlife sold in violation of law earlier this month before U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

According to information presented in court, on April 19, 2011, Wang attempted to ship two elephant ivory carvings, daffodil flowers and a cylinder brush pot, in two separate packages that were addressed to two different locations in the Republic of China.  Both of the packages were falsely labeled to describe their contents as “wood carvings” which is a violation of federal laws that protect specified species of wildlife.  The packages were intercepted by wildlife inspectors who were inspecting International Express Mail packages that were consigned for export from the United States.  An information was filed on Nov. 29, 2012, charging Wang with federal violations.

Wang faces up to one year in federal prison and a $100,000.00 fine. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, Fort Worth, Texas and Rosemont, Illinois Office and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Rosemont, Illinois Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

The United States Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Texas