A Chicago resident has been charged with illegally selling and buying
wildlife, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
On Monday, conservation officers executed search warrants in Hamlet, Ind.,
at the Starke County property of Alexander Moy, 47, known as Kankakee Valley
“Over a period of several months, Moy purchased and sold fish, turtles,
raccoons, and whitetail deer,” DNR said. Seized as evidence on Monday were
“various equipment and animal species used in the illegal operation.”
In 2011, conservation officers received complaints of Moy’s purchasing
whitetail deer from members of the public. An investigation was begun and
over a period of several months conservation officers “were able to document
numerous wildlife sales” and establish that “Moy was actively reselling the
wildlife to markets and restaurants in China-town in Chicago.”
Moy, if convicted, could face up to three years imprisonment and up to
$10,000 in fines for each felony charge of the illegal selling of wildlife.
He could also face additional wildlife replacement costs in excess of
Conservation officers are continuing the investigation in conjunction with
the Starke County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. More arrests could be
pending, DNR said.