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Maquoketa man sentenced for trafficking black rhino horns

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MAQUOKETA (KWWL) -

A Maquoketa man is sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for illegally trafficking black rhino horns.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, James Hess bought black rhino horns from Oregon and brought them to Iowa. Black rhinos re considered endangered and it is illegal to bring their horns across state lines.

Hess, a taxidermist, admitted to buying horns with the purpose of reselling them as part of a plea agreement.

A judge sentenced him to 27 months in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

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