Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Owner of Presmer, LLC Sentenced for Smuggling Python Skin Merchandise

January 31, 2019

Contact(s):

Contact:    Aislinn Maestas, 505/248-6599, aislinn_maestas@fws.gov  


 Items seized from Presmer LLC.

Items seized from Presmer LLC. Credit: USFWS

HOUSTON, Texas – Annsley Popov, owner and manager of Presmer, LLC, was sentenced to three years of probation and a $30,000 fine by Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal on January 10, 2019 for illegally importing items made from python skin and stingray skin.  Presmer, LLC was levied an additional $120,000 fine, announced Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Phillip Land of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement of the Southwest Region.          

Popov pleaded guilty on behalf of herself and her LLC to smuggling 202 pairs of python skin sandals, 4 python skin purses, and 131 stingray skin cuff bracelets before the Southern District of Texas on May 31, 2018. Popov failed to file a completed Declaration for Importation of Fish or Wildlife and violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) when she failed to obtain a permit from the country of origin for the python skin merchandise.

In addition to her fines, Popov was sentenced to 500 hours of community service per year for the next three years. The terms of her probation include a special travel condition restricting interstate travel to family visitation.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It was prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office in Houston, TX, and the Environmental Crimes Section, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). 

“Species that were once abundant around the world are at risk of going extinct due to illegal wildlife trade,” said SAC Land. “The outcome in this case demonstrates that smuggling protected species into the U.S. will not be tolerated. We thank our partners at USDA, U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Environmental Crimes Section of DOJ for their help with this case.”  

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.