August 05, 2011
Pittsburgh Fish Smuggler Could Get 20 Years in Federal Pen
By Chad Love
A Pittsburg man could be doing some hard time in a federal penitentiary after he was caught smuggling a rare Asian fish into the country.
From this story in the Wall Street Journal:
A Pittsburgh man is facing as much as 20 years in federal prison after admitting he smuggled 11 endangered fish into New York from Canada. Federal prosecutors in Buffalo say 37-year-old Anthony Nguyen was caught bringing 11 Asian arowana across the Peace Bridge in November 2008. They say border inspectors found the fish in a car a day after Nguyen bought them. The arowana, listed under the Endangered Species Act, were valued at about $18,000. Nguyen pleaded guilty Friday to smuggling. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 9. In addition to prison time, he could be fined as much as $250,000.
Twenty years in a federal pen for smuggling aquarium fish? That's going to make for some interesting prison yard conversation between him and the other inmates..