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Edgewood man pleads guilty to selling feathers

June 25, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Edgewood man arrested for allegedly selling feathers from federally protected eagles has pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says 60-year-old Dale N. Smith entered the plea Wednesday [auth] morning in Albuquerque.

Smith pleads guilty to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by selling or offering to sell bald eagle feathers.

He was charged in May with three counts of violating the act as well as one count of violating the Lacey Act.

Prosecutors say Smith was caught through an undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Smith allegedly sold a feather fan containing 21 feathers and a medicine wheel containing eight feathers to the undercover agent for $1,000.

He faces up to two years in prison.

His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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