PLATTSBURGH — A Hogansburg woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy regarding illegal transportation of reptiles.
In 2009 and 2012, Olivia Terrance, 28, participated in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 18,000 endangered and threatened reptiles from the United States into Canada, the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District said in a news release.
Terrance was sentenced to 18 months in jail to be followed by three years of probation, the release said.
“Terrance smuggled turtles and reptiles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars into Canada where they were sold to retailers and collectors,” the release said. “She was caught when law enforcement followed her by car and helicopter after she received a shipment of wildlife and transported it by boat into Canada.”
Special Agents of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the case with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Mohawk Nation Tribal Police.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Craig A. Benedict.
— By Staff WriterFelicia Krieg