Man charged with buying 2.4 tonnes of illegally caught king crabs in East-Finnmark

King crabsPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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A man in his 40s is accused of having bought around 2.4 tonnes of illegally caught king crabs in East-Finnmark in 2018 and 2019.

According to the indictment, he transported the crabs south for the purpose of reselling them. Their market value was just over NOK 1.25 million.

The man is also charged with drug use, driving under the influence, and driving without a driver’s license. The case will take place in Indre and Østre Finnmark District Court from October 25 to 29.

In 2019, the police uncovered an illegal king crab network in Finnmark. The trial against the alleged ringleader and four co-defendants began in early June.

Last month, a man in his 50s was sentenced to eight months in prison for transporting at least 4,700 kilos of illegally caught king crabs from Finnmark to Eastern Norway and elsewhere in Finnmark for further sale.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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