Wildlife Smugglers Test Their Skills, Even at the Airport

Elephant tusks are among items that people have tried to smuggle onto airplanes and that have been confiscated by federal authorities.
Elephant tusks are among items that people have tried to smuggle onto airplanes and that have been confiscated by federal authorities.

2007-04-06 - Los Angeles, United States , Jennifer Steinhauer

Somewhere amid the rolling suitcases, plastic baggies filled with lip gloss, laptops, skis and other sundry items streaming through Los Angeles International Airport, there are, occasionally, rare butterflies, elephant tusks, sea turtle eggs and, in one case, a pair of pygmy monkeys, stuffed down the pants of an incoming passenger. Wildlife smuggling is the nation’s second-largest black market, just behind narcotics, accounting for $8 billion to $10 billion a year in sales, said Joseph O. John...

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