A LOT OF PIRANHA: Man found trying to smuggle 40,000 of the vicious fish into U.S.
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
1/30/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
That's a LOT OF piranha - the vicious flesh-eating fish common to South America is illegal in the U.S. Joel Rakower of New York City has since pled guilty to smuggling 40,000 of the nasty buggers into the states. He's set to pay a heft fine -
Freshwater fish originating in South American rivers, piranhas are described as extremely aggressive and territorial.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) -Rakower reportedly smuggled the deadly piranhas from 2011 to 2012. He was brought to justice due to the federal Lacey Act, which combats trafficking in "illegal" wildlife, fish and plants.
In his plea agreement this week in a Brooklyn courtroom, Rakower admitted that his company purchased piranhas from a Hong Kong tropical fish supplier and then imported them to the city.
Rakower admitted that he instructed the foreign supplier to falsely label the exotic fish on packing lists as silver tetras. A common and unaggressive aquarium fish, the label of silver tetras went past New York City officials, the statement said.
Rakower smuggled 39,548 piranhas over the course of 2011 and 2012, swimming up costs of approximately $37,376, according to the statement.
Freshwater fish originating in South American rivers, piranhas are described as extremely aggressive and territorial. Twenty-five states in the U.S. have either banned or regulated piranhas, making them illegal to own or sell.
Rakower was "driven by greed and without regard for the health and safety of people or the environment," said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who helped investigate the case.
Rakower has agreed to pay more than $70,000 in fines and restitution. His company will serve a two-year period of probation. He will be sentenced on April 24.
Piranha-like fish injured 70 people at a popular beach in Argentina on Christmas of last year. The attack took place near the city of Rosario, on the Parana River. While no one was killed, a seven-year-old girl lost part of her pinky finger.
Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption. That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.
What happens when a city of four million people runs out of water? We are about to find out the hard way, thanks to an epic drought and ... continue reading
What is a super blue blood moon? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A blood moon is a lunar eclipse. A supermoon is when the moon ... continue reading
Is God sending a warning? Third megaquake in the year suggests 2018 could be very bad for earthquakes Watch
Residents of Kodiak, Alaska were awakened early Tuesday morning by a 7.9 magnitude quake in the Gulf of Alaska. The quake was powerful ... continue reading
The year 2018 has been predicted to be a year of major quakes by scientists, and the first major quake has struck on cue. A massive 7.6 ... continue reading
"If you can't breathe, nothing else matters," said Denise Breitbung in a study on ocean oxygen levels. Research recently published in the ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Lenten fish recipes: Economical and delicious!
- Daily Readings for Friday, February 23, 2018
- 'Living Lent': Friday of the First Week of Lent - Day 10
- St. Polycarp: Saint of the Day for Friday, February 23, 2018
- 10 emotional prayers for healing and hope in a world of tragedy
- The Tragic Reason Mass Shootings Happen, and it's NOT the guns HD Video
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 24th, 2018 HD Video
- Spiritual Warfare and the Help of Angels HD
- St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, February 23rd, 2018 HD
- AmericaĂ˘Â€Â™s pastor, Billy Graham passes away, age 99 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way
Teacher lesson plans & resources
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education