- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Portland man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking hundreds of pounds of elvers and exporting them to foreign countries.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2dDTqxW ) reports that 34-year-old Yarann Im entered the pleas through his attorney on Tuesday in federal court. He faces up to five years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines when he’s sentenced.

Court documents say Im was in charge of an illegal operation that operated elver storage facilities in Lowell, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island and exported the baby eels to Canada and Asia.

Federal prosecutors say they planned to prove that Im bought and sold about 480 pounds of elvers that were illegally caught in 2013 and 2014.

South Carolina and Maine are the only states that allow the commercial harvesting of elvers.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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