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Montana Resident Found Guilty of Smuggling Bald Eagle Feathers into Arizona

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Today, United States District Court Judge James A. Soto found Dennis Raymond McPherron, 74, of Hamilton, Montana, guilty of illegally smuggling bald eagle feathers (and other feathers from protected species) into the United States, in violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The case was tried before District Court Judge Soto in January. McPherron faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for October 9.                               

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the investigation in cooperation with United States Customs and Border Protection. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, prosecuted the case.

CASE NUMBER:            CR17-00242-JAS-EJM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2020-061_McPherron

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Updated June 26, 2020

Press Release Number: 2020-061_McPherron