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Father, daughter fined for bringing giant clam meat into Hawaii

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 10:54 a.m. HST, Jun 19, 2014

A father and daughter from Chuuk are having to pay $1,250 in fines for attempting to smuggle 60 pounds of giant clam meat into Hawaii.

Leo John, 52, and his daughter Flyona Lynn John, 22, pleaded guilty in February to violating the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson fined Leo John $1,000 Tuesday and fined Flyona Lynn $250. He also sentenced the father to two years of probation and the daughter to one year of probation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Honolulu Airport discovered the giant clam meat hidden under some cooked breadfruit in four coolers brought into the country in February 2013 by Flyona Lynn John. Her father later admitted that he enlisted the help of his daughter to import the clam meat.

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