A man pleaded guilty in connection with a West Texas ring that smuggled rare living rock cacti, a plant that wildlife officials say are a protected species.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas says Harry George Bock II, of El Paso, pleaded guilty Tuesday before a U.S. magistrate judge in Pecos to one count of mislabeling exports in a scheme to ship cacti overseas.
El Paso Times reports that the government seized Bock's shipment of 41 cacti at an international mail facility in Chicago in 2018.
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The U.S. wildlife says that Bock faces three years of probation, $7,200 in restitution as part of a plea agreement.