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Alaska gallery owner charged with trafficking walrus ivory

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Anchorage Daily News) — Federal prosecutors have accused the owner of a downtown Anchorage gallery of illegally purchasing and selling walrus tusk ivory and tax evasion stemming from 2017. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 75-year-old Walter Earl faces up to five years in prison and multiple $250,000 fines after he was charged Thursday with four felonies in federal court. Prosecutors say Earl illegally bought more than 50 walrus ivory tusks and sold walrus head mounts, which include the skull with ivory tusks, on three different occasions. Earl declined to comment on the charges against him when reached by phone.

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