Former Trentonian reporter indicted for smuggling protected turtles out of New Jersey

Diamondback terrapin turtle

ISAAC AVILUCEA and PENNY RAY / THE TRENTONIAN – Former Trentonian reporter David Sommers has found himself caught up in the same type of oddball story he used to crank out for the capital city’s scrappy tabloid newspaper.

The feds allege Sommers, 64, of Levittown, may have spent his lifetime outside the newsroom trapping and trafficking thousands of protected diamondback terrapins from New Jersey into Pennsylvania, then hawking them to buyers across the country.

Officials say he poached diamondback terrapins and their eggs from coastal marshes in New Jersey and smuggled some of the turtles to Canada in 2014 in a falsely labeled package he claimed contained a $10 book …

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