By GW Rastopsoff
A Nenana man was sentenced in Federal Court on Friday for his connection in the violation of federal wildlife laws, the Lacey Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
61-year-old Nenana resident Miles W. Martin was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge Ralph Beistline to six months in prison on four federal counts. He had originally been charged with 28 counts that included violation of wildlife trafficking, illegal sale of migratory birds, smuggling of wildlife, illegal sale of marine mammal parts and conspiracy.
Along with his prison sentence, Martin’s sentence banned him from selling wildlife parts for life, required him to relinquish to the United States more than 900 pounds of wildlife parts including lion, bear, walrus ivory, parts of seal, polar bear parts, and elephant ivory, and to pay a fine of $6,500. He also received three years supervised release following his prison term.
Martin admitted to being involved in a lengthy and long term walrus ivory smuggling conspiracy, as well as to being involved in the smuggling of wildlife parts world-wide, and to the illegal sale of migratory bird parts.
Regarding his involvement in illegal walrus ivory sales, Martin admitted that from at least February 2010 and continuing up to March 9, 2011, he conspired with others to illegally purchase walrus tusks and walrus parts for illegal resale, transport, and export from the United States. Between July 2010 and March 2011, Martin’s two co-conspirators traveled to Savoonga, Alaska, and purchased walrus tusks and parts taken from animals recently killed and tagged by individuals in Savoonga. The co-conspirators transported the walrus tusks and parts to their home in Glennallen, Alaska, and then transported some of those tusks and parts to Nenana, Alaska and Fairbanks where they transferred them to Martin. More....