Irish man jailed in America for trafficking rhino horns 2 weeks ago

Irish man jailed in America for trafficking rhino horns

The Limerick man has been sentenced to a year in prison.

A Limerick man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison in America for the trafficking of rhino horn.

Gardaí attached to the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI) arrested a 36-year-old male in August.

He was then brought to the United States Marshall Service at Dublin Airport, for extradition to the United States on an extradition warrant endorsed by the High Court.

The man appeared before court in Texas this week, where he was sentenced for the sale of rhino horns.

Prosecutors say the man in question, along with two others, used "a straw buyer" to buy rhino horns at a taxidermy shop in Austin, Texas.

He is believed to have purchased the horns for $18,000, which were later sold in New York for $50,000.

Speaking after the man's arrest in August, Detective Superintendent Michael J. Mullen, GNBCI, said: "This international cooperation between An Garda Síochána, Special Crime Operations and law enforcement agencies of the United States of America highlights our continued commitment to combating cross jurisdictional crime and in working closely with our international counterparts".