Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS
Maryland man pleads guilty to attempted turtle smuggling
Michael Johnson, operator of Turtle Deluxe Inc., has pleaded guilty to a Lacey Act charge of Attempted Trafficking in Prohibited Wildlife. In addition to pleading guilty, Johnson faces a $40,000 fine and has made donations to the following organizations: $7,500 to the Buffalo Zoo; $7,500 to Teatown Lake Reservation; and $5,000 to the Tifft Nature Preserve (Buffalo Museum of Science). All donations will be used for turtle research and education.
Published on: Wednesday, January 25,2012