1 Maine man sentenced, another pleads guilty for elver trafficking

In this May 25, 2017 photo, baby eels, also known as elvers, are held in Brewer, Maine. Elvers can be sold for more than $2,000 per pound at the dock. They often are sold to Asian aquaculture companies to be raised to maturity and have become a linchpin of the sushi supply chain. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
In this May 25, 2017 photo, baby eels, also known as elvers, are held in Brewer, Maine. –Robert F. Bukaty / AP, File

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One Maine man is heading to jail and another has pleaded guilty for their role a national baby eel trafficking ring.

The Portland Press Herald reports 35-year-old Yarann Im was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for illegally trafficking 480 pounds of the eels, known as elvers. Im worked as a seafood dealer in Portland.

Maine fisherman Albert Cray pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally harvesting the elvers in New Jersey and selling them to a Maryland dealer, who transported them abroad.

The two men were charged as a result of an interagency sting known as Operation Broken Glass.

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The baby eels are valuable because they can be used as food in Asian markets. Fishermen sometimes sell the elvers for more than $2,000 per pound.

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