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Don't Get PinchedA follow-up visit to a Hagerstown seafood shop charged earlier in the month with selling illegal crabs yielded more of the same last Thursday, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

An officer conducting an inspection at Cameron’s Seafood on Dual Highway discovered one bushel with 82 undersized crabs and another with 42 undersized crabs. On Aug. 1, he found one bushel with 110 undersized crabs and another with 59 undersized crabs.

For the latest violations, Hussein Kato Katende, 38, of Columbia, was issued two citations and the crabs were delivered to a Hagerstown food bank.

Katende is set to appear in Washington District Court on Oct. 21. If found guilty of both charges, he faces a maximum fine of $4,000.

As part of the “Don’t Get Pinched” crab enforcement campaign, officers over the weekend checked 55 recreational and commercial vessels and several seafood vendors. They conducted saturation patrols in lower Eastern Shore tributaries and the Patuxent River. A total of five citations and eight warnings were issued.