California couple indicted in sea turtle egg smuggling case

Breeding populations of the green turtle are listed as endangered species in Florida and the Pacific Coast of Mexico. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "The principal cause of the historical, worldwide decline of the green turtle is long-term harvest of eggs and adults on nesting beaches and juveniles and adults on feeding grounds. These harvests continue in some areas of the world and compromise efforts to recover this species." Location and date not specified. | Photo by Mark Sullivan, courtesy of NOAA, St. George News

HEMET, Calif. (AP) — Federal officials say a Southern California couple has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling more than 900 endangered and threatened sea turtle eggs into the U.S. from Mexico.

There are more where these came from... Where there are a few eggs, there can be up to 100! Sea turtles can lay around 100 eggs per nest. Photo taken at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, June 28, 2010 | Photo by by Bonnie Strawser, courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. George News
There are more where these came from…
Where there are a few eggs, there can be up to 100! Sea turtles can lay around 100 eggs per nest. Photo taken at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama, June 28, 2010 | Photo by by Bonnie Strawser, courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. George News

The U.S. Justice Department said this week that Hemet residents Olga and Jose Jimenez have been charged in a four-count indictment. Each faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and $1 million in fines if convicted of all charges.

Officials say the eggs are considered a delicacy in Asia and believed to have aphrodisiac properties. Sea Turtle Conservancy spokeswoman told The Riverside Press-Enterprise the eggs typically bring between $3 and $5 each on the black market.

It wasn’t immediately known if the defendants have attorneys who could comment on the indictments.

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7 Comments

  • ladybugavenger December 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Trump for President! Sea turtle eggs and Mexican wolves crossing the border. Come on now…secure the borders!!!

  • .... December 14, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Wow ! Your kids must be white eh ? You are quite the bigot

    • ladybugavenger December 14, 2015 at 7:22 pm

      Hahaha your my second favorite. Where’s fun bag? These articles are boring.

      • .... December 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

        Your boring to

        • ladybugavenger December 15, 2015 at 9:59 am

          It’s you’re and too…however, t to the rue on that comment! Go Raiders!

          • .... December 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm

            Yore rayders suck to !

  • .... December 14, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Sea Turtle lives Matter !!!

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