Monday, March 1, 2010

Update on ivory smuggling case

Accused ivory smuggler Moun Chau, owner of Pixie's Donut Shop in Claremont, pleaded not guilty at an arraignment hearing this morning in Los Angeles.

Mr. Chau is charged with illegally importing wildlife into the US. Federal authorities found raw and carved ivory in his donut shop after serving a search warrant in 2006. The ivory came from African elephants, classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

According to Thom Mrozek, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. Chau's case was assigned to U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder. His next court date is scheduled for April 27. Mr. Chau is now free on a $5,000 bond.

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