entomolgist arrested in the Amazon

Paulo Petryp - CPBA petryp at CR-AM.RNP.BR
Mon Sep 8 20:37:58 CDT 1997


Folks,
        This message is to report to the community certain recent events
that happened in the brazilian Amazon. Two said entomologist came to
brazil to collect specimens without any permits, and were trying to
smugle butterflies and beetles out of the coutry. Federal policy in a
routine check found the goodies.

        Mr. Mark Soula, self entitled associatd researcher at the MNHN, has
evaded the federal police so far, but is been looked for by interpol;

        Mr. Robert Joseph Van de Merghel has been arrested with a
suitcase full of specimens, and will serve one to three years in jail and
expelled form Brazil afterwards, loosing the priviledge to return.

The brazilian government has taken a zero tolerance for ilegal traffic of
biological specimens and or tissues, so if any of you want to come to brazil
to collect, make sure to get the proper documentation, a local sponsor
and please do not transport specimens without the proper transportation
forms.

Best Regards,

Paulo petry
petryp at cr-am.rnp.br




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