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Hawaiian Jeweler Faces Up to Five Years in Prison for Selling Illegal Ivory

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Authorities went undercover to bust him.

Curtis Wilmington, the owner of Hawaiian Accessories in Oahu, could serve up to five years in prison for selling illegal ivory, Hawaii News Now reports. The article says authorities determined Wilmington had smuggled the ivory from Mexico and Alaska, had it carved into fish hooks in the Philippines, and then falsely claimed the pieces were made in Hawaii. He was busted when undercover agents went to his store and purchased the fish hooks.

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