The Norman Transcript

July 11, 2013

4 sentenced for transporting paddlefish eggs


The Associated Press

TULSA — Three Arkansas men and a Missouri man have been sentenced to probation for illegally transporting paddlefish eggs out of Oklahoma.

The Tulsa World reports that James Chapman of Swifton, Ark.; Jeremy Waldrip of Sulphur Springs, Ark.; Lee Jobe of Sulphur Springs; and Jay Witt of Pineville, Mo.; were each sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Tulsa to one year of probation.

Paddlefish are shark-like freshwater fish whose eggs are considered by some to a more available and affordable alternative to caviar. It is illegal to transport unfrozen paddlefish eggs out of the state of Oklahoma.

A fourth man — Robbie Dale Tubbs of Newport, Ark. — has pleaded guilty to a felony count of receiving paddlefish eggs from the four men and faces sentencing in September.

— AP