Chinese authorities announced Monday that 16 suspected members of a smuggling ring have been arrested, with nearly 1,800 pounds of ivory, along with rhino horns and bear paws seized. Police in Beijing said that the arrests and seizure were a result of a crackdown from May to August on the illegal trade and transport of wildlife products. Officers netted 804 kilograms (1,770 pounds) of ivory, 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of rhino horns and 35 bear paws worth a total of 24 million yuan ($3.8 million).
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