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PHOTOS: Massachusetts man charged with illegal trafficking of wildlife parts of endangered species
PHOTOS: Massachusetts man charged with illegal trafficking of wildlife parts of endangered species

Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office

BOSTON (WWLP) – A Reading, Massachusetts man has been charged with multiple counts of wildlife trafficking in endangered and protected species, according to federal authorities.

Adam Bied, 39, of Reading, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to smuggle goods into the United States and three counts of violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits the illegal trade in wildlife.


Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office

These charges are based on allegations that Bied illegally imported and traded parts of wild animals protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

“The illegal trafficking of endangered wildlife for financial gain is a serious offense that poses a significant threat to global efforts to protect and conserve these species. Mr. Bied’s alleged conduct reflects a blatant disregard for existing laws protecting our planet’s biodiversity. These laws and international treaties exist to protect endangered species from exploitation and to maintain ecological balance,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy.

Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also filed a civil lawsuit seeking the seizure of over 100 wildlife parts from Bied’s home and storage facility, including the following:

  • Orangutan skull
  • Tiger skull
  • Leopard skin, skulls and claws
  • Jaguar skin and skull
  • African lion skulls
  • Polar bear skull
  • Narwhal tusk
  • Otter skeleton
  • Harp seal skull
  • Skull of a South American fur seal
  • Elephant seal skull
  • Babirusa skull
  • Mandrillus skull
  • Wallaby skull
  • Jackal skull
Courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office

According to court documents, Bied’s illegal activities began in January 2018 and continued until June 2021. During that time, he allegedly bought, sold, and traded wildlife parts from endangered and protected species without the required permits. Bied is accused of placing orders with individuals in Cameroon and Indonesia who supplied him with illegal wildlife parts. He then resold or traded those items within the United States without reporting them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) or having the required import/export licenses.

Federal conservation laws such as the ESA, the Lacey Act and CITES strictly regulate the trade in endangered species and require special permits and declarations for legal import and export. Violations of these laws can result in severe penalties, including imprisonment and large fines.

If convicted, Bied faces up to five years in prison for each count, three years of probation, and fines of up to $250,000. The sentence will be determined by a federal district judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and applicable law.

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By Aurora