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Indiana Conservation Officers arrest Chicago man in Starke County, IN for illegally buying & selling wildlife

October 14, 2013
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  10/15/13 Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Alexander Moy, 47, of Chicago, IL for illegally selling and buying wildlife. Over a period of several months, Moy purchased and sold fish, turtles, raccoons, and whitetail deer. Late this morning, Conservation Officers served search warrants in Hamlet at Moy’s Starke County property, known as Kankakee Valley Fish Farm, for evidence related to illegal wildlife sale. Various equipment and animal species used in the illegal operation were located at the property, and seized as evidence.

In 2011, local Conservation Officers received complaints of Moy purchasing whitetail deer from members of the public. Conservation Officers initiated an investigation to establish the complaints. Over a period of several months, Conservation Officers were able to document numerous wildlife sales. During the course of the investigation, Conservation Officers learned Moy was actively reselling the wildlife to markets and restaurants in China-town in Chicago, IL.

Moy could face up to three years imprisonment, and up to $10,000.00 in fines for each felony charge of the illegal selling of wildlife. Upon conviction, Moy could also face additional wildlife replacement costs in excess of $10,000. Conservation Officers are continuing the investigation in cooperation with the Starke County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation could lead to additional arrests.

If anyone has information regarding this investigation, or has information on the illegal taking, possessing, or selling of wildlife; please contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. You can report any fish and game violation to your local Conservation Officer’s District Office, or the IDNR Tip Hotline at: 1-800-TIP-IDNR.

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