Maine Elver Dealer Charged with Illegal Activity

Elvers, or juvenile eels | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo,

Elver buyer William Sheldon, of Woolwich, Maine, faces a seven-count federal indictment on charges alleging he dealt in illegally harvested juvenile eels over a four-year period beginning in 2011, according to an article in The Ellsworth American.

On March 1, a grand jury charged Sheldon with one count of conspiracy, three counts of illegal trafficking in wildlife and three counts of “false labeling” under the federal Lacey Act. If convicted, Sheldon faces up to five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.

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