Displayed for general disgust: The one-ton haul of illegal ivory carvings smuggled into the U.S. by veteran art dealer

01 Aug 2011 12:44 PM | Anonymous

Displayed for general disgust: The one-ton haul of illegal ivory carvings smuggled into the U.S. by veteran art dealer

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 6:41 PM on 27th July 2011

An art dealer who allegedly smuggled a ton of ivory, belonging to the endangered African elephant, into the U.S. has been arrested.

Victor Gordon, 68, is accused of paying a co-conspirator to buy and carve the ivory of dozens of elephants - before having it stained so it looked older.

This allowed him to get around the rule that pieces over 100 years old can legitimately be imported as antiques.  He then sold the pieces in his Philadelphia shop.

Gordon is said to have smuggled the tusks, from the west and central African states of Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, through New York.

U.S. officials said the amount of ivory seized was 'staggering', but did not know how many elephants had allegedly died at Gordon's hands.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2019234/Philadelphia-art-dealer-Victor-Gordon-arrested-smuggling-African-ivory-US.html#ixzz1TnRYISL2

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