Man jailed for stealing succulents from California parks
A man was sentenced to two years in federal prison last week for attempting to export at least $150,000 worth of wild succulents he poached from native habitats in Northern California state parks, a said the United States Department of Justice.
On October 11, 2018, Byungsu Kim, 46, and co-defendants Youngin Back, 47, and Bong Jun Kim, 46, traveled by car from Los Angeles International Airport to Crescent City, California with plans to harvest wild plants and smuggle them into South Korea, the department said in a Jan. 20 statement. Throughout October 2018, they uprooted plants from the ground at DeMartin State Beach in Klamath, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park in Crescent City, and Russian Gulch State Park in Mendocino County. , says the department. The Dudleya plants – a type of succulent with a pretty rose shape that grows along coastal cliffs – were then brought to a nursery operated by Kim in Vista, a town near San Diego.