San Francisco man admits trying to sell black rhino horns

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 21, 2015 at 7:51 p.m.



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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco man has pleaded guilty to attempting to sell two endangered black rhinoceros horns to an undercover agent he thought was a Colorado collector.

The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1fx0ZDg ) reports that Lumsden Quan pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas on Friday to violating wildlife-protection laws. He is to be sentenced Dec. 3.

The 47-year-old Quan and Edward Levine of Mill Valley were arrested in Las Vegas in March 2014 after authorities said they tried to sell the horns for $55,000.

Levine is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 19.

The endangered black rhinoceros is native to eastern and central Africa. It is a popular target of poachers who sell its horns as ornaments or to be used in potions believed to have medicinal value.

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