The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Office of Law Enforcement busted a "vast criminal conspiracy" that included the illegal harvest, sale and purchase of more than 1 million pounds of striped bass with a market value of up to $7 million.
The bust, the result of a seven-year sting operation, happened in Chesapeake Bay, the primary spawning and nursery ground for striped bass on the east coast.
"This may be the largest case of its kind in U.S. history," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Kenneth Endress.