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WNY man accused of buying elephant tusks

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An antiques dealer from Cattaraugus County has admitted to illegally buying and selling elephant tusks, according to WIVB-TV.
 
Prosecutors say in 2013 Ferdinand Krizan, 77, of Franklinville bought 2 tusks from an auction house in Montreal, had them shipped to the border then picked them up and brought them into the U.S., which is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.
 
They also accuse him of selling those tusks for $50,000.
 
Prosecutors say Krizan also got his hands on a number of other rare animal products like a Narwhal tusk and a hippo ivory carving.
 
Krizan is now facing a maximum of five years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. 
 
He must also hand over around 100 pieces of elephant ivory carvings. 
 

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