Local Poachers Arrested

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 29, 2006

Most of the suspects are accused of illegally catching sturgeon from the Sacramento River and selling it as caviar on the black market for as much as $165 a pound. Steve Martarano with Fish and Game says it was a sophisticated operation.

"It involves a whole network of people catching it in the Sacramento River, selling it and then in one case it was processed in Sacramento into caviar." 

The raids were meant to stem an increase in black market sales of increasingly endangered fish taken from prohibited areas.