Asian carp sting: Suspect accused of selling invasive fish

Posted: 06/09/2012 in all marine news

Cindy Heflin – 

An Arkansas man faces 12 felony charges after he was accused of selling live Asian carp, an invasive species, to undercover officers in Midland, MLive reported.

The man, David Shane Costner, 42, of Harrisburg, Ark., brought 110 grass carp into the state, according to the state attorney general’s office and Department of Natural Resources.

The state said he was selling the fish out of his truck in store parking lots around the state. Costner is charged with 10 counts of possessing an illegal species and two counts of selling an illegal species.

Each carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $20,000.

Grass carp have the potential to eat all vegetation from a body of water, putting native species at risk.

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