Monday, January 28, 2008

Hialeah Seafood Dealers Sentenced in International Smuggling Operation

I'd posted previously on the conviction of a Canadian company for Queen Conch smuggling through a Florida company. Now the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida issued this press release on the sentencing of two individuals from Florida in association with the conspiracy to smuggle large quantities of queen conch taken from Caribbean waters to customers throughout Canada and the United States. From the press release:
Queen conch (Strombus gigas) is a commercially valuable seafood product, that is a protected species under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) and is a species listed for protection since 1992 in an international treaty known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora ( “CITES”). The importation of queen conch, alive or dead, and its parts and derivatives, is subject to the requirements of CITES and the ESA. To engage in trade in queen conch, all imports or exports must be accompanied by a CITES export certificate from the country of origin, or a re-export permit from a country of re-export.

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