The Tooth That Bit Back
A Nantucket scrimshaw dealer and a Ukrainian man are facing charges of smuggling ivory from
teeth and elephants thanks to the Special Agents of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement. Together with partners from the US Department of Justice and
an array of international law enforcement agencies, orchestrated the
downfall of an organized crime ring responsible for international ivory
smuggling in violation of both international treaties and a federal
endangered species laws.
‘This is a great example of multinational collaboration to enforce
wildlife protection laws.’ Said Andrew Cohen, Special Agent In Charge
for the Northeast Division of NOAA Enforcement. Agent Cohen was unable
to comment on any details, as the investigation is ongoing.
What we do know is 53-year-old Charles Manghis was released on
$25,000 bail yesterday and is facing charges of conspiracy and
smuggling in violation of international treaties and US endangered
species regulations. Mr Manghis was also charged with making false
statements to federal law enforcement agents. The culmination of
charges could lead to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.
Andriy Mikhalyov of Ukraine, was charged with conspiring to import
sperm whale ivory from Ukraine through California to Massachusetts. He
remains in Ukraine.