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Police seize truck filled with undersized oysters

Thursday - 1/16/2014, 4:12pm  ET

EASTON, Md. (AP) -- Maryland Natural Resources Police say they seized a tractor-tractor filled with oysters, many of them undersized, as it traveled in Easton.

Police, acting on a tip, stopped the tractor-trailer Wednesday night on westbound Route 50, and directed the driver to a parking lot.

Officers say the truck contained 188 bushels. Seventeen officers and cadets spent six hours measuring every oyster.

Police say all but one of the bushels had oysters below the legal minimum of three inches.

The truck driver, 66-year-old Rhoderick Newman of Tappahannock, Va., was charged with attempting to transport undersized oysters out of state and possession of undersized and unculled oysters. The truck, which police say is owned by Cowart Seafood Corp. of Lottsburg, Va., is being held at an NRP impoundment lot.

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