The Star-Ledger: Feds charge rhino horn smugglers in ring allegedly linked to N.J.


U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is pictured in this Star-Ledger file photo. A federal grand jury in Newark this week indicted Zhifei Li, a Chinese national, on a charge of international smuggling of rhinoceros horns, Fishman said.
NEWARK — A federal grand jury in Newark this week indicted Zhifei Li, a Chinese national, on a charge of international smuggling of rhinoceros horns, many of which were allegedly bought in New Jersey, hidden in porcelain vases, and then mailed to Hong Kong and China, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman today.

Li, along with two others who were also charged this week in Miami and New York City, was part of an international rhino-horn smuggling ring, the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington announced today. The arrests and charges of all three defendants come from “Operation Crash,” a nationwide effort led by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute those involved in the black-market trade of horns from endangered rhinoceroses, federal authorities said.


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