A Texas man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a smuggling operation that dealt in nearly $1 million worth of rhino horns and elephant ivory. Asian art appraiser Ning Qiu, of Frisco, took part in the operation, which was busted up in "Operation Crash".
Photo by Mark Kent Rhino horns and elephant ivory made it into Dallas art appraisers' hands.
The nationwide sting was led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Justice Department to crack down on the black market for rhinoceros horns and other objects.
The smuggling operation, according to authorities, stretched from Texas to New Jersey to Hong Kong.More »