- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man has been arrested for allegedly selling feathers from federally protected eagles.

Federal prosecutors say 60-year-old Dale N. Smith, of Edgewood, has been charged with violating federal wildlife laws.

Smith was arrested last Thursday and made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque the following day.

He’s been ordered detained pending release to a halfway house under pretrial supervision. It was unclear Monday if he has a lawyer.

Prosecutors say Smith after an undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Smith allegedly sold a feather fan containing 21 bald eagle feathers and a medicine wheel containing eight bald eagle feathers to the undercover agent for $1,000.

He also allegedly offered to sell a headdress with bald eagle feathers to the undercover agent for $2,000.


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