Three people in Los Angeles have been busted for illegally selling ivory products online and in Southern California stores. LA City Attorney Mike Feuer said the prosecutions are the first in California under a new law that prevents ivory sales in the state.
"No one in our state should rest easy when they contemplate the purchase of ivory. Because what they are purchasing was extracted at great cost," Feuer said.
The seized products included elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns, and even the tusk of a narwhal, a rare sea mammal.
Officials say a search warrant served at a warehouse in Beverly Hills turned up 10 ivory art deco pieces, as well as mounted animals that were being offered for sale for up to $30,000. One antique store in LA was allegedly offering a 79 inch narwhal tusk for sale for $35,000 each.
Feuer said that each violation could carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and $40,000 in penalties.