Drumheller paleontologist helps crack turtle smuggling case

Another good-ish news case involving science and endangered speicies. I would very much like to see the penalties being higher, but it is great that a Royal Tyrrell Museum scientist can help with something rather more modern.

After three days in a Vancouver warehouse sifting through piece after piece, the lone scientist in a room full of officers, Brinkman helped bring the probe to a conclusion by identifying five endangered turtle species and three endangered tortoise species.

On Feb. 27, Toronto-based Carbo Herbal Supplies Inc. and its director Qin Zhou pleaded guilty to six counts under federal wildlife legislation for unlawfully importing protected species of turtles and tortoises without the proper permits. They were fined $18,750 and ordered to forfeit all items seized.