AK: Alaska Big Game Hunter Indicted on Lacey Act, Smuggling and Conspiracy Charges
July 20, 2013
By G.W. Rastopsoff, Alaska-Native-News.com
An Anchorage Grand Jury handed down indictments for an Alaskan
big game hunter and three of his Canadian clients on Friday
according to acting U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis.
Haines resident John Katzeek, employed as a big game guide in the
state of Alaska, was indicted on nine counts that included
conspiracy, filing false documents that concealed illegal guided
hunts, the taking of wildlife and smuggling.
54-year-old Brian Hicken, 49-year-old Kenneth Cox, and 22-year-old
Tyler Antal, all of Alberta, Canada, were also indicted on charges
of conspiracy and false documents.
According to the
indictments, Mountain Goats were illegally taken and transported in
violation of several laws, then the goat's horns and hides were
illegally exported to Canada by the four in violation of the Lacey
Also the indictments handed down concerned two alleged
illegal trophy Dall Sheep importations that took place between
December 2008 and March of 2009 and in 2010. It was during 2008 and
2009 that Katzeek and another individual used false documents to
smuggle sheep horns in the U.S. from Canada. In 2010, Katzeek did
the same thing with another trophy sheep.
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