N.B. man fined record $385,000 for smuggling narwhal tusks
Published Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:21PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:13PM EDT
ST. STEPHEN, N.B. -- Environment Canada says a New Brunswick man has received a record fine under a law that protects wild animals and plants after about 250 narwhal ivory tusks were exported from Canada to the United States.
The federal department says Gregory Logan of Woodmans Point was convicted on seven counts for offences under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.
It says Logan was fined $385,000 and given an eight-month conditional sentence to be served in the community, including four months of house arrest, during his appearance in provincial court on Tuesday in St. Stephen.
Environment Canada says the tusks were smuggled over a seven-year period.
Logan is also prohibited from possessing or purchasing marine mammal products for 10 years, and he must forfeit items used to smuggle the tusks, which includes a truck and trailer seized during Environment Canada's investigation.
Environment Canada says only Inuit may harvest narwhal in Canada because it is a source of food and income in northern communities.
The agency says its 2 1/2 year investigation in the case, code-named Operation Longtooth, began in April 2009 when it received information from an agency in the U.S. about the illegal purchase of narwhal tusks that originated in Canada.