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Man charged with selling live Asian carp in Midland

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Courtesy Attorney General Bill Schuette Courtesy Attorney General Bill Schuette
Courtesy Attorney General Bill Schuette Courtesy Attorney General Bill Schuette

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan authorities have charged a man with 12 counts of selling live Asian carp in violation of a state law meant to prevent the spread of invasive species.

The state attorney general's office said Tuesday that 42-year-old David Shane Costner of Harrisburg, Ark., sold two grass carp to undercover investigators with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources last month in Midland.

Officials said Costner was hauling illegal carp around Michigan in a semi-truck and selling them from store parking lots. They said he also was selling legal fish species such as channel catfish, largemouth bass and fathead minnows.

 "Once destructive Asian carp enter our waterways, the damage cannot be undone," said Attorney General Bill Schuette. "We must remain vigilant and use every tool available to protect Michigan's tourism and sport-fishing industries from this dangerous threat."

Grass carp are among several carp varieties imported from Asia that have spread in U.S. waterways. The two species considered most likely to invade the Great Lakes are silver and bighead carp.

Copyright 2012 WNEM (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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