Operation Shellshock is making the rounds. From the NYT.
Reptile Smugglers Are Arrested, Authorities SayBy A. G. Sulzberger
The smugglers moved their goods across borders using secret compartments, a Maryland meat processing plant and the help of a corrupt Louisiana turtle farm. Their lucrative product: rattlesnakes, snapping turtles and salamanders.
This was the portrait of a trade in illegal reptiles and amphibians that New York State environmental authorities painted on Thursday, when the two-year undercover investigation called Operation Shellshock
ended with criminal charges against 18 people. More charges were made by American and Canadian and officials in other states, the New York officials said.
The case had the familiar ring of a drug bust, but it was instead built in the unlikely world of herpetological shows and included charges against leaders at organizations like the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, the Long Island Herpetological Society, and the pet Web site turtlesale.com (a Florida-based company facing New York charges)… Read the rest of the NYT story.
Following is the NY State DEC Press Release:
For Release: IMMEDIATE
BLACK MARKET ANIMAL TRADE BUSTED