Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Illegal Wildlife Importer Pleads Guilty

A woman from Oakland, California has pleaded guilty to illegally importing shark fins, shark fin noodles, sea horses, dried conch, dried fish and eel maw (which are swim bladders used in food preparations). The two importations resulted in two violations of the Lacey Act and two violations of the False Statements Act. Details and a copy of the indictment can be found here.

One interesting note is that the arrest resulted from an investigation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Law Enforcement. You don't see that every day.

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