Lake Charles man sentenced to 6 months for selling stolen black rhino horn

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) – Authorities say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to six months in prison for selling a stolen black rhinoceros horn.

U.S. District Judge Donald Walter also on Tuesday sentenced 31-year-old Patrick Dylan Drawl, of Lake Charles, to one year of supervised release after his prison term ends.

Drawl pleaded guilty in December to violating the federal Lacey Act.

A court filing says the head of McNeese State University’s biology department contacted campus police in March 2017 to report that a horn had been stolen from a mounted black rhinoceros head on display in the department’s building.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents later found a black rhinoceros horn for sale on a website, contacted Drawl and arranged to meet him to purchase the horn for $800.

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