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Businessman Arrested in Probe of Animal Parts Ring

June 24, 1994

ROSEMEAD, Calif. (AP) _ The reputed head of an animal parts ring was arrested after he bought thousands of dollars worth of bear bladders from undercover agents.

Joseph S. Chang bought 164 bear gall bladders for $11,000 in a sting operation, said Bob Schlichting, a spokesman for the California Fish and Game Department.

The bladders can fetch up to $265 per gram overseas. Some Asians believe the bladders increase sex drive and help relieve arthritis pain.

Chang, 39, was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with three felony counts of purchasing bear parts. He told agents he had bought as many as 500 gall bladders at a time, said Fish and Game Lt. Eddie Watkins.

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