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Slimy Crimes – Maine Man Accused of Trafficking Baby Eels?

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When you hear the word “trafficking,” all sorts of horrible things quickly come to mind. Illicit drugs, firearms, even people. I’d be willing to bet, however, that eels would not be the first thing someone would think of. That’s probably what William Sheldon, 70, of Woolwich, was betting on.

As reported by the Bangor Daily News, Sheldon was recently indicted by a federal grand jury, who believes that he was involved in the trafficking of poached elvers from 2011 until 2014.

Elvers, for those who aren’t aware, are young American eels, which are considered a delicacy by, I don’t know, people who think spaghetti isn’t gross enough?

The BDN reported that on top of the poaching allegations, Sheldon is largely in trouble for allegedly violating the Lacey Act, which forbids the transportation of illegally harvested wildlife from state to state. The maximum jail sentence he could receive would be roughly five years, with a $250,000 fine.

Does this remind anyone else of the ‘Top Gear’ episode where Jeremy Clarkson put an eel in the trunk of his car? Is that where this guy got the idea?


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