Turtle-smuggling ex-journalist admits poaching thousands of protected terrapins from New Jersey marshes

Diamondback terrapin turtle

AP / NJ.COM – A Pennsylvania man and former reporter has pleaded guilty to trafficking protected turtles.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says David Sommers, 64, of Levittown, on Monday admitted to sending a package to Canada in 2014 containing 11 diamondback terrapin hatchlings.

Sommers allegedly caught and sold the turtles in 2017 and sold them to to Canada three years later in a box that said a $10 book was inside, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has said …

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