|CDFW Officers Arrest 13 Poaching Suspects in Oakland and Sacramento|
Posted by CDFW News Release on August 29, 2013 at 17:35:32:|
California Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 29, 2013
Sacramento Media Contact: Warden Mark Michilizzi, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 996-9003
Bay Area Media Contact: Lt. Patrick Foy, CDFW Law Enforcement, (916) 508-7095
Suspects arrested were Chinh Quan Le, 60, Khoa Dang Nguyen, 40, Hung Ngoc Quoc Vo, 41 and Toi Van Nguyen, 48. All four men are from Oakland and all four had previous abalone poaching convictions. In addition, wardens arrested Hai Van Ha, 43, Duoc Van Nguyen, 48 and Nhan Trong Le, 46, all also of Oakland; Andy Phan, 47, of Fairfield, and Charlie Le, 55, of Alameda. In Sacramento officers arrested Dung Van Nguyen, 40, Hiep Ho, 46, Hung Van Le, 42 and Tho Than Phan, 59.
"Unless it is stopped, poaching will degrade California’s abalone population over time," said CDFW’s Capt. David Bess. "It ultimately affects the honest, sport abalone harvesters who follow the laws."
Based upon surveillance, game wardens allege the men conspired to profit from the sale of abalone with a black market network of buyers in the Bay Area and Sacramento.
Game wardens wish to express appreciation for the honest abalone divers’ patience with abalone report card requirements and abalone checkpoints. Both were an integral part of the investigation. The suspects face charges ranging from felony conspiracy to multiple poaching-related violations.
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