joined:Feb 16, 2004
A woman in the US was sentenced to two years for accepting an import shipment of lobsters in plastic bags, which was against the law of the exporting country (Honduras)
I read what you wrote, and figured it would be easy to find major media news coverage of such a draconian case... I couldn't.
I did find oddball "freedom from government" blogs and political crackpot posts about getting rid of the Lacey Act to protect American business owners.
So I searched some more -- 'til I found what appears to be the whole truth.
The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, (which refused to review the case), re: ROBERT D. BLANDFORD, ABNER SCHOENWETTER, AND DIANE H. HUANG being charged with illegally importing (smuggling) Caribbean Spiny Lobster tails.
A few choice words, if twisted out of context could make it sound like the lobster being packed in "plastic bags" is the issue --- "...packed frozen lobsters in bulk plastic bags, and loaded them directly from the lobster boats onto McNab's cargo transport vessel..."
But that's in with listing out how a jury found them guilty of harvesting "approximately 400,000 pounds of spiny lobsters, with a value of approximately $4.6 million" --- undersize lobsters, lobsters bearing eggs, mis-packaged lobster, bypassing Honduran export inspection regulations, and transporting illegal seafood directly to an (American) business owner.
If we didn't have the fishing regulations we have in place now, there would be nothing left -- but yeah, let some "conservatives" do away with the Lacey Act so they can conserve
their right to sell every last fish in the ocean as fertilizer, vitamin supplements or cat food.
...next thing these types will say is that Edward Snowden was working for the "the Russians" before he decided to leak info.