REPEAT OFFENDER: Sea turtle egg poacher is sentenced to prison
- Georgia man caught stealing 84 eggs from Sapelo Island off Georgia coast
- Was on probation for previously poaching eggs on same island
- Sea turtle eggs can be sold for $25 each on black market as a sexual performance enhancer
- Judge not happy ~ throws book at him
Lewis Jackson, 61, from Brunswick, Georgia was convicted a second time for stealing leatherback sea turtle eggs- a violation of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is a 1900 United States law that bans trafficking in endangered species.
Loggerhead sea turtle nests tend to be monitored and this nest on Sapelo Island was no exception. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Sea Turtle Program noticed 84 eggs were missing from a nest and contacted law enforcement.
Law enforcement determined that one of the visitors that day was Lewis Jackson who, coincidentally, had been previously convicted of poaching leatherback sea turtle eggs. Law enforcement caught him the next day trying to leave the island with a cooler full of eggs.
He had them individually wrapped with the obvious intent to sell.
“After a prison sentence 3 ½ times longer than his first, this defendant should finally get the message that when you seek to profit by unlawfully exploiting our endangered species and national treasures, your next stop will be a federal prison,” said United States Attorney Edward Tarver.