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Indicted: Bay seafood distributors charged for ‘fishy’ sales

A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of a local seafood distribution company on charges involving the illegal sale of red drum and spotted sea trout to Louisiana businesses in 2014 and 2015. Lonnie M. Ray  and Shelley H. Ray face the charges in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. The indictment, which was made public Thursday, shows both face charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to sell fish taken in violation of state laws and to cross state lines with those fish. Both face two counts each of Lacey Act violations. Lonnie Ray also faces a charge alleging he illegally possessed a short-barrel shotgun on June 17, 2015.Their trial is set on a court calendar that starts March 6.  Read the rest here 15:47