There is a Grande Prairie connection to a case of a former RCMP member admitting to smuggling narwhal tusks into the U.S.
The U. S. Justice Department says 59-year-old Gregory Logan was given five years and two months in prison last week after pleading guilty to ten money-laundering charges in September 2016 in a court in Maine.
Logan served with the Grande Prairie detachment for several years and still has family in this area. Reports say he had homes here and in Saint John, New Brunswick, where the smuggling operation was based.
American officials say he also pleaded guilty to a wildlife-related charge in Canada.
They add the scheme saw 250 narwhal tusks illegally sold to U.S. customers between 2000 and 2010. They add Logan smuggled them into the States in what they call “false compartments” in a vehicle and trailer. The tusks from the protected animal were then sent to customers via a store in Ellsworth, Maine. Payment was sent to either a mailbox in Ellsworth or a bank account in Bangor, Maine. They came with fake documents that said they were obtained legally. The tusks are worth several million dollars.
A New Jersey man also charged in the scheme was given a 33-month sentence after being convicted at trial.
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