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December 27, 2016 > Hundreds of ivory pieces seized in statewide bust

Hundreds of ivory pieces seized in statewide bust

By Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP), State wildlife authorities have confiscated hundreds of illegal ivory items over the past two weeks, including illicit goods sold at two San Francisco businesses.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported the seizures occurred following the recent ban on commercial ivory sales in California.

Authorities say wildlife officers seized a solid bone pagoda and a rhinoceros horn, dozens of statuettes made from ivory, as well as whale teeth, two ivory chess sets and two tusks.
No arrests have been made.

Wildlife officials did not name the businesses, which together had a supply of ivory worth more than $500,000. The district attorney is reviewing the case for possible charges.

The law that took effect in July. It closed a loophole that allowed for items that had been imported into the state before 1977.

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