NC Woman Charged With Smuggling Endangered Fish

Investigators have charged a North Carolina woman with violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act by smuggling an endangered species of fish from Vietnam.

Multiple media outlets reported that Bich Phuong Truong Phan of Charlotte was charged after she was caught at an Atlanta airport with two Asian Bonytongue fish hidden inside bottles of fish sauce.

Authorities say Phan was bringing the fish to a Charlotte pet shop where they could be sold for between $1,000 and $3,000.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the animals were implanted with chips to confirm their identity.

A North Carolina man pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of smuggling 10 Bonytongue fish into the U.S.

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  • by Dar Location: Wilmar on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:12 PM
    You guys are a hoot, LOL. I do agree with Kimo too.
  • by Dee Location: N.C. on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    Oh my GOD,people must have alot of time on hand to think up crazy stuff to do.I don't have enough time in a day to do my 10 to 12 hr. job then come home to a hubby and a 2yr grandson.What are people thinking about?Oh,I forgot they are not thinking.
  • by hoopti Location: NC on Sep 26, 2009 at 01:38 PM
  • by E on Sep 26, 2009 at 02:48 AM
    I second Kimo's statement!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Roll them in corn meal, fry them and feed them to her with coleslaw./
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:19 PM
    We should send her and the fish back where the fish came from. Case closed.

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