Baldwin Co. man sentenced in black market fish scheme

Official: Fish black market sold to restaurants, stores

Red snapper ( FILE PHOTO)
Red snapper ( FILE PHOTO)

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man is headed to federal prison after being convicted in a fishing scheme on the Gulf Coast. Authorities say a judge sentenced Baldwin County resident David Braley to more than five years in prison. Braley was among eight people indicted in January in what authorities say was a scheme to catch and sell fish without the proper licenses. He was convicted of selling fish illegally, and he was also convicted of threatening a witness. Braley also must pay more than $4,000 in fines and restitution. Chris Blankenship of the Alabama Marine Resources Division says the conviction results from an undercover operation that lasted a year and involved red snapper and other fish. He says participants were selling fish on the black market to restaurants and stores.

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