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Man Charged in Illegal Sale of 70 Tons of Ivory

From Associated Press

A man from Yemen has been charged with illegally exporting 70 tons of elephant ivory worth $9.8 million, a newspaper said Sunday.

Police said Mohamed Sulaiman Alfan shipped the tusks on March 7 to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He faces a possible 14 years in prison. High international prices for ivory are fueling widespread poaching that has cut Africa’s elephant population in half since the late 1970s, according to a 1987 U.N. environmental study.


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