|Published:||Oct 28, 2010 9:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 28, 2010 6:28 PM EDT|
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act in connection with the sale and illegal export of African elephant ivory.
The Department of Justice says Joseph Barringer entered the plea in federal court Thursday in Orlando.
The 55-year-old defendant owns Cue Components, a pool cue company in New Smyrna Beach. Authorities say he sold ivory laden pool cues to an undercover London police officer.
Federal agents seized 197 pounds of elephant ivory from his offices, including 24 elephant tusk tips. They also seized 1,800 Cuban cigars.
Barringer faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison, a year of supervised released and fine of up to $100,000.
The African elephant is a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.