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Judge imposes maximum fine in zebra mussel case; Sentence highlights personal responsibility for negligent introductions

Posted By Stith, Bertie On May 31, 2011 @ 3:10 pm In Headline News | No Comments

An Independence man received the maximum fine for introducing zebra mussels into Smithville Lake last year.

David Wayne Frazier, 51, pleaded guilty in Clay County Circuit Court to a charge of transporting a prohibited species. Judge Janet Sutton imposed a fine of $1,000 and six months of probation.

The case is the first prosecuted under a provision in Missouri’s Wildlife Code designed to stop the spread of invasive species. It

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