‘Godfather’ of illicit wildlife trade jailed in US for trafficking rhino horns worth $2 million

Teo Boon Ching is escorted by police officers before a news conference in Bangkok on March 19, 2015. CNN —

A US court on Tuesday sentenced a wildlife trade kingpin to 18 months in prison for conspiring to traffic hundreds of kilos of rhino horns, in a ruling conservation groups said would cause a major blow to the illicit business.

Teo Boon Ching, a Malaysian citizen nicknamed “the Godfather” by investigators, was part of a conspiracy to smuggle illegal rhino horns to international buyers, including in Manhattan, according to a news release from the US Attorney for the Southern District […]

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