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NYC antiques dealer smuggles rhinoceros horns into the country from China

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A New York City antiques dealer pleaded guilty to smuggling rhinoceros horns into the U.S.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City antiques dealer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for smuggling artifacts made from rhinoceros horns from the U.S. to China.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH’-ruh) says Qiang Wang, known as Jeffrey Wang, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. Bharara says Wang pleaded guilty to smuggling Asian artifacts made from rhino horns and ivory from New York to Hong Kong and China in violation of wildlife trafficking laws. Rhinos are an endangered species.

Wang was arrested in February. The 34-year-old faces up to five years in prison when sentenced in October.

Bharara says Wang faked U.S. Customs documents on packages containing the artifacts.

An attorney for Wang did not respond to a request for comment.