|Narwhals tusking, or breaching in a group|
Photo: National Institute of Standards and Technology via Wiki Commons
The trial is about importing banned items and money laundering. These people didn't just bring a tusk home as tourists, they illegally brought in maybe 400 tusks. The value was up to one million dollars. That's a lot of Narwhals that were illegally killed - - just for ivory collectors.
Two Canadians would obtain the tusks, and two Americans would take one at a time and ship it via UPS, the "customer" would send money to an account in Bangor.
It all equates to the slaughter of Elephants in Africa killed for ivory, and I would guess the Narwhal ivory is considered more exotic.
You can read more about it here: http://bangordailynews.com/2014/02/09/news/bangor/trial-begins-tuesday-for-nj-man-allegedly-involved-in-narwhal-whale-tusk-smuggling-conspiracy/?ref=polbeat
|The skull and tusks of a rare Narwhal with two tusks, a rare whale|