EVERETT — An Everett-area man is suspected of illegally trafficking in ivory.
The 70-year-old has been under investigation by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to search warrant affidavits filed in Snohomish County Superior Court.
He reportedly was selling ivory carvings, figurines and other decorative items through online classifieds. He allegedly used known code words for the items to avoid detection.
Several mammals produce ivory. Some of the man’s items appeared to have originated from elephants, according to the records. KIRO-TV reported that the case is part of a state crackdown on trafficking in products made from endangered animals.
The man allegedly said he inherited more than 1,000 pieces of ivory, and many were selling for $100 each.
Detectives in November served a search warrant on his home between Everett and Lynnwood. They collected the man’s phone, camera and memory cards, among other items.
Another search warrant filed in January sought access to his financial information. The Herald is not naming him because it does not appear that he has been charged.