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Law Enforcement News Release and Story Archive - 2010

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Convicted Ivory Smuggler Sentenced to Prison Term

Dec. 16, 2010

A man who smuggled $73,300 worth of African elephant ivory into the United States from Nigeria and Uganda via New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport has been sentenced to 33 months in prison and fined $25,000. The defendant, who must also forfeit the appraised value of the ivory to the Government, is one of eight individuals successfully prosecuted in a Service-led investigation of East Coast-based ivory trafficking. The ivory in this case had been stained and carved in a style to appear old, but was in fact contemporary ivory from recently killed elephants.

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Brooklyn Aquarium

N.Y. Aquarium receives donation from the Service

Dec. 10, 2010

The Service's New Jersey Office of Law Enforcement has donated nearly 1,000 pounds of queen conch meat to The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island. The conch meat was seized at the Port of Newark for a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species violation, a treaty adopted under the Endangered Species Act. CITES regulates trade in species, such as queen conch, that while not currently threatened with extinction, may become so without strict regulation. The donated meat will supplement the feed provided to fish and marine mammals at the Aquarium.

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Final sentencing announced in illegal striped bass fishing scheme

Nov. 29, 2010

A Virginia man was sentenced today for his role in one of the largest illegal over-fishing conspiracies in U.S. history. The sentencing caps a multi-state, seven year investigation into the illegal harvest and sale of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, resulting in the conviction of 19 individuals in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, in addition to three corporate fish wholesalers.

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Mass. Eagle

Bald eagle shot in Wareham, Mass. - Reward offered

Nov. 16, 2010

The Service is asking for the public's help regarding the shooting of a juvenile bald eagle found Nov. 2, 2010, near Shell Point in Onset, a hamlet within the town of Wareham, Mass. The eagle was euthanized as a result of the injuries sustained from the shooting. A $2,500 reward has been offered for information about the incident.

News Release (pdf 59KB) >>

Delaware Eagle

Bald eagles poisoned in Delaware; Reward offered for information

Nov. 8, 2010

The Service and State of Delaware are offering rewards for information leading to a conviction for the poisoning of two bald eagles in Sussex County, Delaware on Oct. 21. While one of the eagles survived, one was found dead. Bald eagles are protected by both the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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Eagle Release

His gunshot wound healed, a bald eagle returns to the wild

Nov. 5, 2010

On Oct. 28 in Thetford, Vt., a juvenile bald eagle was released into the wild after two months of recovery from a gunshot wound.

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Hawk Chicks

Virginia man fined for violating Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Nov. 4, 2010

A Virginia man pleaded guilty yesterday to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for unlawfully removing a red-shouldered hawk’s nest with three hawk chicks while attempting to cut down a tree. One of the hawk chicks later died.

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Pool cue manufacturer pleads guilty in online ivory sting

Oct. 29, 2010

The owner of a custom pool cues and parts manufacturer pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to violating the Endangered Species Act in connection with the illegal export of African elephant ivory through an online auction site. According to the plea agreement, Joseph Barringer sold ivory laden pool cues to an undercover police officer of the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) who was working in coordination with special agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

DOJ News Release >>

Juvenile Bald Eagle

Bald eagle shot in Vermont

Sept. 27, 2010

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information about the shooting of a young bald eagle in northern Vermont around Sept. 5. A wildlife rehabilitator is caring for the eagle, which has a fractured wing and other injuries. Information can be reported to Vermont's Operation Game Thief hotline 1-800-752-5378 or online at

News Release (pdf 60KB) >>

Watch the eagle's release on youtube >>

Flying Carp

Asian carp seized in Boston, Mass.

April, 2010

In Jan. 2010, special agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and officers from the Massachusetts Environmental Police seized more than 1,000 pounds of live, invasive Asian bighead carp in a sting operation involving several Boston area markets.

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