A man, namely Joshua Seguine, 38, was arrested for keeping seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in his home in New York. The suspect was to sell them online, authorities confirmed on Wednesday, March 20.
According to a press release from New York Attorney General Letitia James, the 38-year-old LaGrangeville native was charged with "illegal commercialization of fish, shellfish, crustaceans and wildlife" on Tuesday, March 19.
Police from the DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) and biologists from the New York Aquarium, searched the house of Joshua where they found an 18-foot pool with the sharks. They were later identified as sandbar sharks.
Officials said that they also found a dead hammerhead shark, a snout of an endangered smalltooth sawfish, and two dead leopard sharks.
After the biologists assessed the sharks, the animals were moved to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. They were then transferred to the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.
Joshua was arraigned on the same day of his arrest in the Town of LaGrange Justice Court. He was released that day under the supervision of probation.
His next court appearance is on April 16.
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