Man admits to selling sperm whale teeth

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT)-A Spotsylvania man could spend a decade behind bars and forced to pay a half million dollars for selling sperm whale teeth.

Richard Ertel admitted to two felonies in federal court yesterday.

They're commonly used for artwork and can bring in large sums of money. Federal prosecutors say that from 2002 to 2007, Ertel bought teeth from the Ukraine and sold them to customers in the United States.

He'll be sentenced in January.

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