SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A Montana guy has been billed by a Grand Jury on seven counts of violating eagle regulation.
Exclusively, Harvey Allen Hugs, according to the indictment from the U.S. District Court docket of South Dakota Western Division, did knowingly possess, promote, barter, and offer to promote and barter, and transport, a golden eagle.
The paperwork submitted in the scenario reveals that on or about August 20, 2020 and March 3, 2021, Hugs was associated in the sale and obtain of a golden eagle with a market benefit bigger than $350.
Moreover, the indictment alleges that Hugs was knowledgeable of the illegality of his actions, which precisely violated the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
During his Monday arraignment listening to, which lasted a complete of 12 minutes, Hugs entered a plea of not guilty.
This is not the first time that Hugs has ran afoul of bird regulation, as he and 3 others had been indicted in 2011 on counts of illegally trafficking in eagles and migratory birds.
In accordance to files in the case from 2011, Hugs was included in the sale of feathers and wings and carcasses off hawks, bald eagles and golden eagles.
In January of 2012, Hugs pleaded guilty to a person depend of aiding/abetting in the illegal trafficking of eagles and was sentenced to 6 months in jail with credit history for time served.