LOS ANGELES — Authorities have arrested three people on suspicion of selling ivory products online and in Southern California stores.
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday that the prosecutions are the first in California under a new law prohibiting ivory sales in the state.
Feuer says the products seized include elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and the tusk of a narwhal, a rare sea mammal.
Officials say a search warrant served at the warehouse of a Beverly Hills store turned up 10 ivory art deco pieces and mounted animals offered for prices from $4,500 to $30,000.
An antique store in Los Angeles allegedly offered 79-inch narwhal tusks for sale for $35,000 each.
Each violation carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and $40,000 in penalties.