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Walleye Poaching Ring Busted in Minnesota

The Star Tribune is reporting that a large walleye poaching ring has been busted in Minnesota this week. Ten men were arrested for over harvesting by nets and selling walleye and other fish from Leech, Cass, Red, Winnibigoshish, and Six Mile. The fish were illegally netted on Indian reservations.  

An undercover investigation started back in 2009 amid rumors of illegal catching and selling of fish from Red and Leech. That investigation lead to 10 indictments in Minneapolis this week. Charged were: Larry W. Bellefy, 53, of Bagley; Thomas P. Sumner, 54, Larry Good, 58, and Brian W. Holthusen, 47, all of Red Lake; Michael D. Brown, 54, no known address; Michael J. Nei, 48, of Bemidji, Jerry A. Reyes, 51, of Cass Lake; and Marc L. Lyons, 61; Frederick W. Tibbetts, 61, and Alan D. Hemme, 55, all of Bena.

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