Errol Remsing dentist caught taking wildlife across international boundaries Mexico January 30, 1996

An Alaska man has been arraigned before a federal magistrate on three felony counts accusing him of taking wildlife items across international boundaries.

Errol Remsing , 46, whose last known address was in Fairbanks, was arraigned after being named in a three-count federal indictment, said Greg Stover, special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Tucson.

Remsing was accused of smuggling, making false statements and violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits bringing illegally acquired wildlife or animal parts into the United States from abroad or across state lines.

Remsing was detained Jan. 30 in Tucson upon returning from Mexico, Stover said. According to the indictment, Remsing allegedly had in his possession a set of Coues whitetail deer antlers, one Shed mule deer antler, a partial javelina jawbone with teeth and two loose javelina teeth.

U.S. Magistrate Frank Zapata released Remsing on his own recognizance pending trial Aug. 27 in U.S. District Court.

Update 8/29/96:  A former North Pole dentist admitted importing deer antlers, teeth and other wildlife souvenirs into the United States from Mexico illegally.

Remsing pleaded guilty to violating the Lacey Act as part of a plea agreement that might keep him out of prison.

Under the plea bargain, the U.S. attorney's office agreed to drop felony counts of smuggling and making false statements, and also agreed not to object to probation.

Remsing still faces up to five years in prison and $250,000 in fines at his sentencing Nov. 15. He remained free on his own recognizance and said he planned to return to Alaska. Defense attorney Richard Madsen said Remsing agreed to enter a plea after an earlier ruling that the government could use information at his trial about previous hunting violations in Alaska.


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