Brooklyn seafood dealer sentenced for illegally trafficking baby eels

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NORFOLK, Va. -

A 42-year-old man from Brooklyn was sentenced to 1 ½ years for illegally trafficking baby eels from Virginia.

Seafood dealer Tommy Zhou had pleaded guilty in a Virginia court back in April.

Prosecutors charged that Zhou illegally sold more than $150,000 worth of eels.

The eels can only be legally harvested in Maine and South Carolina. Prosecutors said Zhou had used a Maine dealer license to cover his trafficking operation.

Associated Press wires contributed to this report.

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