WA restaurant owner accused of buying illegal meat

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) State authorities say the owner of a Chinese restaurant in Richland illegally bought bear gall bladders, pheasants and deer from undercover game officers during a sting operation.

The Tri-City Herald reports that ( authorities were tipped in 2011 that 52-year-old Tai Woan Ng regularly bought fish and wildlife from strangers without verifying from where it came.

Court documents say Tai Woan Ng negotiated the purchase of meat and fish outside the back door of the Golden Palace. Though she never requested documentation, receipts or licenses, she allegedly did ask the sellers not to tell anyone of their dealings.

Ng was charged this week in Benton County Superior Court with one felony count of second-degree unlawful trafficking in fish, shellfish or wildlife, and three gross misdemeanor counts of the same charge.

She is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30.