A Middleton man, convicted of trafficking coral internationally from his Idaho-based web retailing business, has been sentenced to two years of probation for smuggling and violating the Endangered Species Act. Christopher Conk will also have to perform 100 hours of community service.
Federal prosecutors said Conk owned and operated Coral Fanatics, where he shipped coral internationally without a license to commercially export wildlife. Coral is protected by international treaties.
Additionally, Conk's former spouse, Deidra Davison of Star, was sentenced to two years of probation and 80 hours of community service for trafficking wildlife and violating the ESA.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Homeland Security and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.