NJ man convicted of smuggling narwhal tusks into Maine

7:17 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
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BANGOR, Maine (AP) -- A federal jury in Maine has convicted a New Jersey man of conspiracy, smuggling and money laundering for his role in a ring that brought narwhal tusks into Maine.

Jurors on Friday found Andrew Zarauskas, of Union, N.J., guilty of six counts. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bond while awaiting sentencing.

Narwhals, which are medium-sized whales, are known as the unicorns of the sea for their spiral tusks that can grow longer than 8 feet. It's illegal to import the tusks into the U.S.

Prosecutors say two Canadians smuggled the tusks into Maine and shipped them via FedEx to Zarauskas and Jay Conrad of Lakeland, Tenn. Conrad pleaded guilty last month.

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