Zhifei Li, a Chinese antiques dealer, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by a US district court for ivory smuggling yesterday, marking the longest wildlife smuggling-related sentence in US history, reports Shanghai Daily.
The ringleader of a crew that specialized in smuggling rhino and elephant ivory from the US to China, Li was arrested in January 2013. He pleaded guilty at a federal court in New Jersey at the end of the same year . English.people.cn states that “he was reported to have smuggled 30 rhino horns and numerous artifacts made from rhino horns and ivory, worth more than 4.5 million U.S. dollars.”
By Aliaume Leroy