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Prison for Trafficker in Endangered Lion and Tiger Parts
A federal judge sentenced a New York man to nine months in prison Wednesday for trafficking in endangered African lion and tiger parts.
Arongkron Malasukum pleaded guilty to charges of buying lion and tiger skulls, claws and other parts from undercover federal agents and shipping them to a buyer in Thailand.
The Justice Department says the bones and other parts were worth more than $150,000.
"Those who scheme and plot to criminally profit from the exploitation of these creatures will be brought to justice," Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said.