Couple Charged With Smuggling Hundreds of Sea Turtle Eggs

They're worth $3 to $5 on the black market
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 10, 2015 5:30 PM CST
A California couple is accused of smuggling more than 900 sea turtle eggs into the US from Mexico.   (AP Photo/Kent Gilbert)

(Newser) – Federal officials say a Southern California couple has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling more than 900 endangered and threatened sea turtle eggs into the US from Mexico. The US Justice Department said this week that Hemet residents Olga and Jose Jimenez have been charged in a four-count indictment. Each faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and $1 million in fines if convicted of all charges. Officials say the eggs are considered a delicacy in Asia and believed to have aphrodisiac properties. A Sea Turtle Conservancy spokesperson told the Riverside Press-Enterprise the eggs typically bring between $3 and $5 each on the black market. (Read more California stories.)

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