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AAG John C. CrudenJohn C. Cruden
Assistant Attorney General (AAG)

John C. Cruden was confirmed by the US Senate on December 16, 2014 as the U.S. Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) and sworn in on January 5, 2015.


Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Falsifying a Wildlife Document Related to the Sale of Horns from a Black Rhino

March 26, 2015
John A. Brommel, 53, a resident of Austin, Texas, and the owner of a taxidermy business, pleaded guilty today to violating the Lacey Act’s false labeling provision by knowingly selling horns from a black rhinoceros to non-Texas residents and falsifying the bill of sale to conceal the fact that the actual purchasers were not residents of Texas.

Canadian Antiques Dealer Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Smuggling Rhinoceros Horns, Elephant Ivory and Coral

March 25, 2015
“Wildlife smuggling is a transnational crime that knows no borders and requires an international response,” said Assistant Attorney General Cruden. “Cooperation between the United States and Canadian law enforcement was crucial to cracking this case. The United States greatly appreciates the assistance of Environment Canada in bringing Guan to justice. International law enforcement collaboration is essential if we are to prevent elephant and rhino species from being extinguished in our own lifetime.”

Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden Delivers Remarks at the Kasane Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

March 25, 2015
I am honored to represent the United States here today, along with my colleagues from the United States Department of State and the Department of the Interior. It is a privilege to join you here to discuss the work we are all doing to combat the increasing global crisis posed by international wildlife trafficking.

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Updated April 13, 2015