Gainesville fossil dealer gets 3 months for smuggling Tyrannosaurus

June 3, 2014 10:10 PM

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Gainesville fossil dealer gets 3 months for smuggling Tyrannosaurus

Eric Prokopi, 39, was given the term after federal prosecutors described how he cooperated with law enforcement in tracking down other dinosaur fossils brought to the U.S. The charges carried a potential prison sentence of up to 17 years.

Propoki, a professional fossils dealer, was living in Gainesville when he was charged with importing multiple shipments of dinosaur bones between 2010 and 2012 that had been stolen from the Gobi Desert region of Mongolia.

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