Six additional defendants appear in court for illegal trafficking of eagles

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Another group of defendants made their first appearances in federal court Wednesday, facing charges of illegal trafficking of eagles and other migratory birds.

They were among an additional 16 indicted late last month.

Six, four individuals and two businesses, were in court in Rapid City on Wednesday.

Larry Belitz, Jason Broderson, Kenneth Foster, and Elray Rosaaen are facing multiple charges of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and/or the Lacey Act.

Two businesses... Pawn With Us and Fair Deal Pawn, are also charged with violating the Migratory Bird Act.

All six of these defendants entered not guilty pleas.

If found guilty, the individuals could face up to five years in prison and/or pay a $250,000 fine.

The businesses could be fined up to $15,000.