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2 Maine Lobstermen Charged With Running Illegal Operation

WALDOBORO, Maine - The Maine Marine Patrol says two lobstermen have been charged with operating an illegal fishing operation.

The patrol says 34-year-old Duston Reed of Waldoboro was arrested last month and charged with fishing lobster traps that weren't marked with a buoy. He was also charged with fishing with untagged lobster traps, falsifying physical evidence and tampering with a witness.

The Portland Press Herald reports Reed's sternman, Jeremy Yeaton of Friendship, was also charged with falsification of evidence. Yeaton's age was not immediately available.

Reed faces up to five years in prison and fines. Yeaton faces close to a year in jail and fines.

Attempts to reach the two men on Tuesday were not successful. It was unclear if either had retained a lawyer.