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PA LOUISIANA MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL PESTICIDE SALES

Release Date: 11/20/98
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1998
LOUISIANA MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL
PESTICIDE SALES

Emmanuel Johnson of Independence, La., was convicted on Nov. 17, in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans on two counts of selling and distributing the restricted-use pesticide methyl parathion for purposes that are not approved on its label. Johnson sold the pesticide to kill insects in homes. Methyl parathion is only approved for application outdoors in agricultural fields. When it is used indoors, the pesticide can take up to two years to decompose, and people who are exposed to it can become ill. In sufficient doses, exposure to methyl parathion can be fatal. When sentenced, Johnson faces a maximum sentence of up to two years imprisonment and/or fines of up to $200,000. He could also be required to pay restitution for damages suffered by victims. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture.

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