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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Smuggling Sentence

MIAMI -- A man accused of smuggling 75 tins of caviar into South Florida was sentenced to 16 months for illegal importation of wildlife, the maximum sentence.

Kryztoff Brouwers, sentenced Friday, was arrested at Miami International Airport on Feb. 12, after customs inspectors found the tins. Each contained 500 grams of Russian caviar. Brouwers was traveling from Amsterdam.

Federal authorities charged Brouwers with smuggling merchandise contrary to law, by knowingly importing sturgeon roe. Sturgeon is recognized in international treaties as an endangered species.

Officials with the U.S. Attorney's Office said Brouwers expected to sell the caviar in South Florida. Depending on the species, caviar can be sold at retail for $500 to $1,000 per kilogram.