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Luxury undercover boat more use pleasure cruiser

fish cops Seattle bought $300,000 luxury to spy whale-watching tours, it was as a party boat bureaucrats, said Sen. Scott


Federal cops in bought a luxury boat spy on tours but go through appropriate bidding held barbecues ferried friends family across Sound to and resorts, used the for what visitor called pleasure cruise.

confronted, one employee in misled inspectors how the was used, one interfered federal investigators, to an investigation by Commerce Department. documents were Friday by Sen. Scott R-Mass.

At issue a 35-foot, boat purchased federal agents the National Fisheries Service using money from fishermen violated the

The 2008 wasn’t illegal, to the Department, but agents manipulated acquisition process misrepresented the and need the vessel.

fisheries service, division of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has a branch employing agents with same powers the FBI. police the Species Act other crimes marine creatures, poaching to commercially in waters or of season.

boat ultimately used for 119 hours, to the and remains in Western

The sad is that was a party boat bureaucrats, Brown on the floor Friday.


Brown, a critic of chief Jane environmental policies, repeatedly called her resignation a series scathing inspector (IG) reports 2010 that heavy-handed fisheries and mismanagement an asset-seizure

The blistering focused almost on fisheries in New and managers D.C. one whom was after shredding

But this Brown received heavily redacted report about of a Whaler bought the Seattle branch.

In statement, NOAA said the has since a top-to-bottom of its program. We new leadership, new policies ensure consistent practices nationwide, put in better accounting oversight of asset-forfeiture program.

Seattle office 2006 sought buy a boat to halibut fishermen to clandestinely tabs on Juan Island tours. Agents to make the tours harassing endangered but feared operators were when agents in marked

But after online and boat shows talking to cops, one instead submitted request for Whaler. The Conquest comes with a flat-screen TV, cabin floors vanity countertops, cost more twice as as the request: $300,787.

were quickly

I don’t from the exactly what is purchasing boat for, agency-procurement official in 2008. is this model the one that the minimum

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That official even know had been until approached investigators two later. He the whole was wired the start get that boat.

Cruising Puget

The first a fisheries-service boarded the in June he brought wife and friend. They out of called Seattle Patrol and to be back to Ship Canal.

refueled and the boat the Ballard to the Boat Shed in Bremerton, dinner and returned to

A month the same took the to Poulsbo lunch and back to He picked some friends brought aboard six-pack of and sped to Gig for dinner Tides Tavern. passenger told the trip every bit pleasure cruise.

few days the same briefly got in the in a lane while his wife a restaurant Everett.

Twice that while the was moored Elliott Bay a fisheries-service grilled burgers hot dogs a small that included least two special agents. supervisor told employee his could come any time kick back watch TV. agent later investigators the kept up vessel’s appearance a recreational and not unmarked-police vessel.

in August the boat around a agent’s visiting eventually dropping off at Semiahmoo Resort Blaine, Whatcom The boat day blew a $10,000 as a of what called operator The boat’s use in actual undercover didn’t take until the summer.

When internal learned about boat in one employee such contradictory investigators called statement disingenuous not credible.

officials, in statement, said, cannot discuss nature or of specific actions. Appropriate has been will be

The agency since banned of the and is the process surplusing it, spokesman Connie said in email.

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest


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