Men Busted for Illegal Exportation of Shark Meat

vlcsnap-2014-04-08-21h19m57s120The Fisheries department has reported a large bust of salted shark meat and dried shark fins along the coast between Punta Negra to Abalone Caye.

According to the Fisheries Department, the vessel was spotted and there was a boat chase but the culprits were eventually caught.  The two men on board were Jose Chulin of Ranchito of the Corozal District and Lineker Ortega of Temash River in the Toledo District.

vlcsnap-2014-04-08-21h19m47s21The men had valid licenses but authorities believe they were trying to export the products to Guatemala. The men were then detained but somehow managed to flee from the rangers and escaped. The rangers searched all along the coast that night, but could not find the men.

It wasn’t until the next morning when a fisherman called TIDE and reported that two men had requested his assistance in exporting salted marine products to Guatemala.  Chulin and Ortega were finally caught and arrested on March 22nd.  Both men were arraigned in Punta Gorda Magistrate’s Court and bailed.

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