Nov 10, 2014 3:43 PM by News Staff
UKIAH, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials have arrested three men on suspicion of illegally harvesting dozens of abalone in Northern California.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife says officers seized 59 of the edible mollusks along with the suspects' dive gear and their van.
The agency says officers began surveillance on the suspected poachers Nov. 5 near the town of Elk in Mendocino County.
Officers later contacted the suspects at their San Francisco residence and arrested all three on charges including conspiracy to illegally harvest abalone. The suspects had removed all abalone from their shells which is an additional violation.
Booked into Mendocino County jail in Ukiah were 35-year-old Jin He Li, 27-year-old Wei Q Wu and 43-year-old Jinfu Wu. It wasn't immediately known if they have lawyers.
Abalone are revered by seafood lovers.
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