Ivory sales result in federal guilty plea in Virginia

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Jun 30, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling ivory ornaments made from elephant tusks.

Sixty-year-old Gary Cooper of Fredericksburg pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to a misdemeanor charge of unlawfully selling endangered species.

According to court records, Cooper sold seven pieces of ivory worth more than $3,000 to multiple undercover agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a 16-month period beginning in September 2018.

The plea agreement requires Cooper to forfeit more than 130 pieces of raw and carved ivory.



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