Today, Richard Austin pleaded guilty in federal district court in Norfolk, Virginia, to trafficking juvenile American eels, aka “elvers” or “glass eels,” in violation of the Lacey Act, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey H. Wood for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Director Jim Kurth of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).


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