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Lucrative fish-smuggling trend in California

April 30, 2013 – 9:00 am |
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Senior Special Agent Lisa Nichols holds up a Totoaba fish bladder seized by federal authorities at a Calexico port of entry. The fish bladders are sold on black markets for potentially thousands of dollars each to be used in Asian delicacy cooking. (CHELCEY ADAMI PHOTO / April 25, 2013)

CALEXICO — When Calexico resident Song Shen Zhen, 73, recently drove through a Calexico Port of Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer noticed plastic grocery bags under backseat …