DOJ and FWS Announce Indictment and Extradition of Wildlife Trafficking Kingpin

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced the indictment of Teo Boon Ching, a Malaysian national, for his role in a transnational criminal enterprise that profited off the trafficking of horns taken from poached rhinoceros. He also was indicted for laundering the proceeds of his illegal rhinoceros horn sales. Ching was arrested in Thailand and extradited to the United States, where he will face prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.