Wyoming fossil retailer pleads guilty to smuggling dinosaur and other fossils into the US

02 Jan 2014 7:29 PM | Anonymous

Wyoming fossil retailer pleads guilty to smuggling dinosaur and other fossils into the US

Wyoming fossil retailer pleads guilty to smuggling dinosaur and other fossils into the US

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. undefined A Wyoming fossil retailer pleaded guilty Thursday to an Information charging conspiracy to smuggle dinosaur and other fossilized bones into the United States from China and Mongolia.

This guilty plea was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

John Richard Rolater, 69, pleaded guilty to the charge and also agreed to surrender any and all contraband vertebrate fossils he has, which include the following fossils from China: a saber-toothed cat skull, a Feilongus fossil, an Anchiornis Huxleyi fossil and a Darwinopterus fossil.

ttp://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1401/140102cheyenne.htm

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