US authorities have been clamping down on smugglers who seek to profit from the huge price tags attached to endangered species such as rhinoceros in recent years. Photograph: iStock

An Irish man has been sentenced to 14 months in prison and two years of supervised release in the United States on wildlife smuggling charges. Richar(...)

The charge related to the smuggling a cup carved from the horn of an endangered rhino. Photograph: John Downer/Photolibrary/Getty

An Irish man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in the United States by a federal court in Miami for smuggling a “libation cup” carved from a r(...)

Undated handout photo issued by Durham Police of (top row, left to right) Paul Pammen, Donald Chi Chong Wong, Richard Sheridan, Robert Gilbert-Smith, Ashley Dad, John “Kerry” O’Brien Junior and Terence McNamara; (bottom row, left to right) Richard “Kerry” O’Brien, Patrick Clarke, Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, Danny Flynn, John “Cash” O’Brien, Michael Hegarty and Alan Clarke. The fourteen men who where linked to an organised crime gang have been convicted of plotting to steal rhino horn and Chinese artefacts worth up to £57 million in a series of museum and auction house raids. Photograph: Durham Police/PA Wire.

Members of an Irish organised criminal gang at the heart of a £57 million (€71 million) conspiracy to “plunder” British museums of rhino horn and othe(...)