JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Colorado man, caught in a Paddlefish trafficking sting, was sentenced in federal court Monday.

Paddlefish have been in high demand as world supplies of caviar dwindle.

Paddlefish have been in high demand as world supplies of caviar dwindle.

According to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Felix Baravik, 49, of Aurora Colorado was sentenced after pleading guilty on August 20, 2015, to a misdemeanor charge of illegally trafficking in paddlefish, or as most of us know it, “spoonbill”.

Baravik and three other Colorado defendants were charged after traveling to Warsaw from 2011 to 2012 and buying female paddlefish and paddlefish eggs and transporting them back to Colorado for resale.

The transportation, sale or purchase of paddlefish eggs is prohibited by Missouri law.