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.