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Syosset man pleads guilty in illegal rhinoceros horn sale

A Syosset man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to illegally trafficking in horns of the black rhinoceros, an endangered species, the Justice Department announced.

Fengyi Zhou, 49, an Asian art dealer, admitted to buying as many as five horns that he knew were illegally transported from Texas to New York and then reselling to a Chinese national for $130,000, the government said.

He pleaded guilty to one count of wildlife trafficking before U.S. District Judge William Kuntz in Brooklyn federal court, and faces a maximum possible sentence of up to 5 years.

Defense lawyer Paul Goldberger called Zhou a legitimate businessman who made a bad decision due to inadequate knowledge about the legal intricacies of the rhino trade, and said he would seek a non-incarceratory sentence.

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