LANSING, Mich—An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to 12 felonies relating to the sale of invasive species of Asian carp.
The suspect, David Stone Coster, 42, was arrested back in June, and charged after a joint investigation by the Department of Natural Resource's Special Investigation Unit and Commercial Fish Enforcement Unit.
According to the attorney general's office, Coster admitted to possessing and selling over 1000 live Grass Carp, a type of invasive Asian carp. The fish were transported and sold from tanks housed in a Farley's Arkansas Pondstockers semi-truck.
Costner allegedly traveled around the state selling the fish in store parking lots. The trucks also had legal species of catfish, bass and minnows.
Costner sold two live Grass Carp to undercover officers on May 16 in Midland. He's facing charges of 10 counts of possession of an illegal fish species, punishable by two years in prison and a $2,000 to $20,000 fine for each violation, and two counts of selling an illegal species, also punishable by two years in prison and a $2,000 to $20,000 fine.
He's scheduled for sentencing on November 1.
Citizens with information on restricted fish species sales or transportation in Michigan are asked to call the DNR hotline at 1-800-292-7800.