3 Colorado men plead guilty to trafficking in paddlefish
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Three Colorado men have pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing them of illegally trafficking in paddlefish in Missouri.
Federal prosecutors in Kansas City said in a release Monday that the three men were arrested as part of an undercover operation in Warsaw, Missouri.
The prosecutor’s office says 54-year-old Arkadiy Lvovskiy, of Aurora, Colorado, and 49-year-old Dmitri Elitchev, of Centennial, Colorado, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to illegally traffic in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs. Forty-eight-year-old Artour Magdessian, of Lone Tree, Colorado, pleaded guilty to trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs.
Federal authorities say federal law protects Missouri’s paddlefish, which have been over-fished. The retail value of the paddlefish caviar in the case was estimated between $30,000 and $50,000.
Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.