Pawn shop pleads guilty in Project Dakota Flyer

Published: Jun. 2, 2018 at 8:02 AM MDT
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Another Rapid City pawn shop has entered a guilty plea as part of Project Dakota Flyer, an undercover investigation into the trafficking of eagle parts along with other protected birds.

Pawn With Us in Rapid City entered a guilty plea in federal court Friday morning to violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Like the other businesses that have pleaded so far, Pawn With Us was hit with a $3,000 fine.

According to the factual basis statement in the case, a confidential informant came into the store in June of 2014 and bought a Native American style dance fan that was made from hawk feathers for $62.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service later determined that the feathers came from a red-tailed hawk.

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