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Snapping Turtle
Snapping turtle.
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.

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Published on: Wednesday, January 25,2012

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