Hogansburg woman pleads to smuggling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of reptiles, turtles across Canadian border
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:30 pm

HOGANSBURG -- A Hogansburg woman has pled guilty to smuggling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of endangered animals into Canada.

Olivia Terrance, 28, recently pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to smuggle endangered and threatened species from the United States to Canada, according to Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney.

Terrance smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of turtles and reptiles in 2009 and 2010 in violation of Title 18 United States Code ยง 371, Hartunian said. Once reaching Canada, the animals were sold to retailers and collectors.

She was caught after she was tailed by law enforcement as she transported a shipment of wildlife by boat to Canada, according to Hartunian.

She pled guilty to the charges in federal court in Syracuse before Judge Norman A. Mordue, said Hartunian.

Terrance will be sentenced Aug. 5. She is facing a possible maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $250,000 fine with three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment, Hartunian said.