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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Fines were levied and charges brought against two people, after a two year poaching investigation was concluded by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

According to a recent release four suspects were under investigation for their involvement in nine separate poaching incidents across Southern Arizona. These incidents took place in Oracle, Mammoth, Globe and several areas in northern Pima County.   

Mario Barragan, Alfred Barragan, Pete Reynoso and Chelsea Hetrick all faced the following charges - unlawful take, possession and transportation of multiple deer, in addition to hunting license fraud.  Charges against Reynoso and Hetrick were dropped in a plea deal, said the release, while charges against the Barragans remain.

Mario Barragan, who according to the release was involved in six different incidents, was criminally fined $2,302 and civilly fined $3,000 for loss of two deer, in addition Mario has had his hunting license revoked for 10 years.

Alfred Barragan, was involved in three different incidents said the release.  He faces criminal fines of $741 and civil fines of $1,500 for loss of one deer, his hunting license was also revoked for 10 years.

"Poachers are not hunters, they are thieves stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona," said Raul Vega, Regional Supervisor of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a recent release.  "We will investigate and prosecute these cases to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of how long it takes to close them."

Those with information about wildlife violations are asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700.  The line is open 24 hours a day and allows for anonymous tips as well.  Information may also be provided on line at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml.

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