Friday's sentence sent a strong message to the wildlife products black market.
New York man sentenced to jail and fines for smuggling coral
On Friday, July 12, Joseph Russo of West Haverstraw, New York, was sentenced for illegally importing rare live coral.
Russo received a year and a day prison time and must pay not only a $6,000 fine, but must make restitution to the U.S. government for the estimated street value of more than 16,000 pieces of smuggled coral--a whopping $523,835.
The case was investigated by law enforcement agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Valley Stream, New York Office of Law Enforcement and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
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Published on: Monday, July 15,2013