Inspectors for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement are on the front lines of a battle that few Americans ever hear about: the fight to take down wildlife smugglers, ranging from average citizens who are often clueless they’re breaking laws to members of criminal cartels seeking to get rich off endangered animal hides. Here’s a look at some of the illegal items confiscated at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport.
Feb. 28, 2013 Catherine Cockey, wildlife inspector for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, looks for a package to be inspected in the shipping warehouse at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport. Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post Buy Photo