April 15, 2004
Forest Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Martin Myers said that 32-year-old Wade Tiffany, of Thorne Bay, was arraigned Monday, April 12 and charged in the theft, cutting and transport of a commercial quantity of red cedar logs from the shoreline and several other locations of the South Prince of Wales Wilderness. Myers noted that Tiffany is charged with the theft, cutting and transport of these logs which were cut and prepared in a manner that made them readily marketable to the export market. Tiffany was also charged with killing deer out of season, and a variety of Wilderness Act violations. Myers added that the investigation is ongoing, and other arrests may follow.
Myers also praised the support provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, who participated in the search and subsequent seizure of Tiffany and his vessel, he noted. "This would have been a very difficult operation without their assistance."
Penalties for theft of timber
from National Forests vary with the severity of the act, but
range from up to $5,000 fine and/or six months imprisonment for
a misdemeanor offense, and up to $250,000 and/or not more then
10 years imprisonment for a felony. Tiffany was charged with
two felony counts.