|One of the Tyrannosaurus Bataar skulls seized by ICE.|
Rolater received emails from his Chinese supplier describing how the supplier would package Chinese vertebrate fossils in a manner to subvert both Chinese and United States customs and import regulations.
In 2012, knowing that the Chinese supplier was willfully and intentionally subverting Chinese and United States import and Customs regulations, Rolater continued to communicate via email with the Chinese supplier to solicit Chinese vertebrate fossils from his supplier which Rolater intended to resell in the United States.
|A seized dinosaur skeleton.|
UPDATE: More details about the case can be found in the government's forfeiture pleading, described here.
Photo credits: ICE