Federal wildlife investigators cracked down on an international rhinoceros-horn smuggling ring in California and other states, seizing $1 million in cash, $1 million in gold bars and 20 horns, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The raids, which were led by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, focused on Jimmy Kha's import-export business in Westminster, in his safety-deposit boxes and at his Garden Grove home. Kha is accused of trafficking in sawed-off horns, which fetch high prices in Vietnam and China for their supposed cancer-curing powers.
More than 150 federal agents and other local enforcement officers raided homes and businesses and made several arrests in a dozen states over the weekend, including three alleged traffickers in Southern California.