ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Rockland man has been charged with illegal possession of 11 pounds of elvers worth $22,100.
The Maine Marine Patrol issued a summons on Tuesday to 36-year-old Dale A. Boyington for the illegal possession.
A marine patrol investigation lead to Boyington being apprehended while traveling north on Interstate 95. He was stopped and issued the summons near the Kennebunk exit and was cited for possession of elvers without a Maine license.
Marine patrol officials said Boyington was traveling in a U-Haul van loaded with equipment for harvesting and transporting elvers. Since the elvers were sold, the money along with the U-Haul truck and equipment were confiscated and will be held as the investigation continues.
In a news release issued Friday by the Maine Department of Marine Resources, spokesperson Jeff Nichols said a bill that has passed the Maine House and Senate would criminalize all elver fishery violations. As it stands now, illegal possession of elvers in Maine is classified as a civil crime with a fine of up to $2,000.
Boyington is scheduled to appear in Biddeford District Court on June 5th.