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Narwhal Tusk Smuggler Sentenced to Prison

A man accused of smuggling narwhal tusks is going to federal prison for 33 months.

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    Narwhal Tusk Smuggler Sentenced to Prison

    A New Jersey man accused of smuggling narwhal tusks is going to federal prison for 33 months.

    A federal judge in Maine imposed the sentence Monday on Andrew Zarauskas of Union for conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering. He also was ordered to forfeit six narwhal tusks, a narwhal skull and about $85,000.

    Narwhals are known as the unicorns of the sea for their spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. They're protected by the U.S. and Canada.

    Prosecutors said the tusks were smuggled into Maine from Canada and shipped to Zarauskas and a Tennessee man.

    Zarauskas' lawyer, Steve Smith, said his client thought he'd bought legal tusks and said there'll be an appeal. His client was given a three-month delay to report to prison because of "health considerations." 

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