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Portland Aquarium co-owner arrested again in Idaho

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The co-owner of the Portland Aquarium who is facing charges of illegally purchasing marine life has been arrested again.

Ammon Covino, 39, of Meridian, ID is accused of violating the conditions of his pretrial release. He was arrested Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho.

Covino was first arrested Feb. 21 in Idaho on a Nov. 8, 2012 indictment out of Florida. He is accused of purchasing Florida protected marine life in interstate commerce.

The indictment alleges that Covino and Christopher Conk purchased four spotted eagle rays and two lemon sharks for $6,300. Investigators said the animals were harvested illegally and without a permit.

Covino is the president of the Idaho Aquarium and co-owner of the Portland Aquarium in Milwaukie that opened in 2012.

Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke Covino's bond.

Investigators said he directed his nephew, Pete Covino IV, to contact an individual in Florida and destroy information related to a recent order for undersized and illegal nurse sharks.

Pete Covino, 20, of Star, ID is now charged with obstruction of justice.

Both men appeared in Boise federal court Wednesday morning. Ammon Covino is due back in court Friday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, to determine if he should be detained pending transfer to the Southern District of Florida.

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