Pawn shop enters guilty plea in Project Dakota Flyer

Published: May. 29, 2018 at 6:43 PM MDT
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A Rapid City pawn shop pleads guilty Tuesday as part of Project Dakota Flyer, an investigation into the illegal trafficking of eagles and other migratory birds.

Fair Deal Pawn in Rapid City was one of more than 30 defendants charged after the two-year undercover operation.

Fair Deal pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and was fined $3,000.

Court documents say Fair Deal took the pawn of a suitcase of Native American regalia in March of last year for $38 and that contained eagle and hawk feathers.

A clerk said the person who brought them in said they were turkey feathers.

Fair Deal's attorney said in court Tuesday that the procedures at the store have changed and assured the court that it would not happen again.

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