California and Louisiana Men Charged in Smuggling of Protected Turtles to China

Men from California and Louisiana are accused in court records of smuggling protected turtles to China.  Raymond Chiu, 72, of Foster City, California, and Eric Cottrell, 44, of Minden, Louisiana, are scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in federal district court in New Orleans, the online court documents show.

Judge Ivan Lemelle set Chiu's bond at $300,000 and Cottrell's at $25,000. Both are charged with smuggling, with transporting or acquiring wildlife for illegal uses, and with conspiracy to do so.

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