3 accused of smuggling alligator gar

June 16, 2011 3:01:41 PM PDT
Three men have been indicted on charges arising from the smuggling of alligator gar from Texas for sale in Japan.

A federal grand jury in Beaumont accused the three on Wednesday of three conspiracy counts each arising from a scheme to take the fish from the Trinity River in East Texas for shipment abroad.

Charged in the indictment are Loren Willis of Eminence, Ind., Gerard Longo of Greenacres, Fla., and Michael Rambarran of Miami. If convicted, they each could face up to 5 years in federal prison.

A message left for the attorney representing Willis was not returned Thursday. No attorneys were listed for Longo and Rambarran.