Ginseng dealer sentenced to prison

A federal prison sentence handed down today for the illegal sale and transport of ginseng shows the natural resources of Western North Carolina are more than just a tourist attraction.

The conviction arose from a three-year anti-poaching investigation intended to document the unlawful take, purchase, sale and transport of ginseng and bear parts within and along the southern Appalachians by various individuals.
via North Carolina Ginseng Dealer Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Export of Ginseng Valued Over $100,000.

Ginseng and black bears, which are native to the mountains, are prized in some circles for their medicinal qualities and even culinary uses. The particular prosecution that ended today was for a large amount of ginseng transported across state lines without a license, and was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Office of Law Enforcement, with assistance from the National Park Service and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Ginseng is popularly used as an energy supplement, and locals can find it by searching Iwanna.com.

The Western District of North Carolina has divisional court offices in Asheville, Bryson City, Statesville and Charlotte.

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