Whale tusk smuggling case tied to Lakeland, TN man - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Whale tusk smuggling case tied to Lakeland, TN man

Narwhal tusks can sell for up to $7,000 a piece, and importing them into the United States without proper documentation is illegal. Narwhal tusks can sell for up to $7,000 a piece, and importing them into the United States without proper documentation is illegal.
Federal authorities say tusks were shipped via FedEx to Jay G. Conrad in Lakeland, TN. Federal authorities say tusks were shipped via FedEx to Jay G. Conrad in Lakeland, TN.
A man identifying himself as Conrad's father-in-law told us he knew nothing about the charges. A man identifying himself as Conrad's father-in-law told us he knew nothing about the charges.

(WMC-TV) – Narwhal tusks can sell for up to $7000 a piece.  However, importing them into the United States without proper documentation is illegal.  It's what two Canadians are accused of doing.

The Feds say they shipped them via FedEx to Jay G. Conrad who lives off Canada Road in Lakeland, TN.

According to a media release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Conrad and a New Jersey man each knowingly purchased narwhal tusks that each knew were illegally imported into the United States in violation of federal law.

It also states the pair conspired with persons located in Canada to launder the funds used to purchase the narwhal tusks.

The only number Action News 5 could find for Jay Conrad was answered by what sounded like a fax machine.

A man who identified himself as Conrad's father in law later showed up and told us he knew nothing about the charges.

"I can't speak on his behalf," he said.

The feds say the narwhal tusks were purchased in Canada then snuck into the U.S. where they were illegally shipped to buyers like Conrad.

If convicted, Conrad faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the most serious charges as well as fines up to $250,000.

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