Mary Audaine and Beatrice Simon have been fined after pleading guilty to exporting wildlife without being the holders of a permit.
Both appeared in a Roseau court on Tuesday.
Audaine was slapped with a $300 fine to be paid forthwith or spend one month in prison while Simon was fined $400 to be paid by September 30 or in default spend two months behind bars.
According to police prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes both defendants were arrested at the Roseau Ferry Terminal on the September 10 during routine security checks. Both were about to board a vessel bound for Guadeloupe.
Audaine was found with a plastic bag containing cooked crabs in her luggage. She admitted to the authorities that she was not a holder of a permit and explained that she did not know if the season was open or not.
“I came for a weekend and I love crabs so I wanted to bring some back to Guadeloupe,” she told the police.
Magistrate Candia George explained before ruling that she believes the penalty for these sorts of crimes should be stiffened to send out a clearer message about the seriousness of such offences.
Simon was found carrying seven parcels of frozen crayfish. She pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday morning.
When brought to the Roseau Police station Simon said to the police, “Officer, I have it there and I try to export it … so I wrong.”
However, she remained silent when Magistrate Candia George asked her for her plea in mitigation.
A forestry official told DNO that following recommendations made by The Division of Forestry and Wildlife since 1998, Cabinet has reviewed the fine for illegal exportation and importation of wildlife to $1200 but the appropriate legislation is still to be enacted.
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