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California guy convicted in Las Vegas of offering rhino horns

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017|5:45 p.m.

. A Northern California male who offered black rhinoceros horns to undercover agents in a Las Vegas hotel room was convicted of the crime, inning accordance with the office of the U.S. lawyer for the district of Nevada.

Edward Levine, 64, of Novato, Calif., was founded guilty on Thursday of conspiracy to break the Lacey and Endangered Types acts and breaching the Lacey Act prohibiting trade in illegally gotten wildlife, fish and plants, according to officials.

On January 2014, Levine and San Francisco art dealership Lumsden Quan started engaging with a federal representatives– through e-mail and phone call– who had revealed interest in purchasing the prohibited horns, documents show. The men informed the representatives that they were intermediates for a third guy who owned the horns.

The settlements on the purchase rate and location continued till March 2014, when Quan and Levine satisfied an agent in a south valley hotel space. The set were arrested as they went out of the room after exchanging the product for $55,000.

Considering that 1976, the black rhinoceros, a threatened species, is secured under federal and worldwide law, and the trade of its horns is illegal.

The horns, which are made up of keratin, are traded in the black market and are utilized in some cultures for decorative carvings, good-luck beauties. Other cultures think the horns have medical value, according to court files.

Levine’s partner, Quan, pleaded guilty in 2015 was sentenced to a year in jail on the exact same counts and purchased to pay a $10,200 fine, inning accordance with court files.

Levine faces up to five years at sentencing Dec. 15.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Male admits selling jeopardized rhino horns in Las Vegas

A California man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to charges of illegally selling the horns of the endangered black rhinoceros in Las Vegas.

Lumsden Quan and his co-defendant, Edward N. Levine, likewise from California, were apprehended at the South Point resort in March 2014 following an undercover investigation by agents with the united state Fish and Wildlife Service.

Quan, 47, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and breaching the Lacey Act, which forbids the sale across state lines of secured wildlife. He does not have a contract to comply with district attorneys.

Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro set a Dec. 3 sentencing date for Quan, who is complimentary on his own recognizance.

Levine, who deals with the very same federal wildlife charges, is to stand trial Oct. 19.

According to court files, Quan and Levine acted as brokers for the ailing owner of the rhinoceros horns in San Francisco. The horns were given Las Vegas, and the two men sold them at the South Point to an undercover Fish and Wildlife agent for $55,000 in money.

The hotel-room transaction was secretly recorded by government camera, the documents allege.

At his plea hearing Friday, Quan, who resides in San Francisco, stated the previous owner of the horns has since passed away.

The black rhinoceros, belonging to eastern and main Africa, has actually been threatened by the worldwide need for its prized horns. It is listed in the united state Endangered Types Act.

A Denver-based Fish and Wildlife representative said in a criminal grievance in 2013 that rhinoceros horns are a “highly searched for product” worldwide, despite the fact that their trade has been prohibited given that 1976.

The representative stated he was part of a federal group participating in “Operation Crash,” which has been investigating the unlawful killing of the animals and trafficking of their horns.

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