Kent County residents arrested for buying, selling black bear parts: DNR

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MICHIGAN — Four people are facing charges related to illegally buying and selling black bear parts, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said Thursday.

Three of the suspects are Grand Rapids-area residents: Thuan Hoa Pham, 52, of Kentwood, Hoang Linh-Duy Tran, 45, of Wyoming and Hoa Trung Huynh, 51, of Kentwood.  The fourth suspect, 45-year-old Hie Van Hoang, is from from Chippewa County, according to a release.

Hoang was already in custody for allegedly trying to murder his wife at the time of these new charges, according to a release.

The four suspects face a total of 11 charges related to buying and selling black bear parts.    Each charge carries a maximum of 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, the DNR said.  The Kent County residents are expected to be back in district court Aug. 27.

The four suspects were arrested after a multi-year investigation prompted by information from confidential informants, the DNR said in a release.

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