NY man convicted of trafficking live sharks he kept in his basement

In this August 2017 photo provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, sharks swim in a pool in a LaGrangeville, N.Y. basement. Authorities said Friday, July, 12, 2019, that Joshua Seguine, who kept sharks in the pool in his upstate New York basement, pleaded guilty to illegal commercialization of wildlife for offering the sharks for sale online. (New York Department of Environmental Conservation via AP)

LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y. (AP) A man who kept sharks in a pool in his upstate New York basement has been convicted of trafficking wildlife.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and the attorney general's office said Friday that Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, pleaded guilty to illegal commercialization of wildlife. He'll be sentenced in September.

The 38-year-old Seguine was stopped by authorities in Georgia in July 2017 when he was transporting five live sharks in the back of his truck. Investigators found Seguine had offered sharks for sale online under the name Aquatic Apex Life.

Investigators searched Seguine's home and found an 18-foot-diameter (5.7-meter-diameter) pool containing seven 2- to 4-foot-long (half-meter- to 1.2-meter-long) sandbar sharks, a protected species. They also found three dead sharks.

The rescued sharks are now at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

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