NEW YORK — A Chinese citizen living in New York City has pleaded guilty to selling at least 2,000 packets of a banned pesticide used for cockroach control, the New York Times reported.
Ja Ping Chen pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors on Friday. The poison he sold is not registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The New York Times reports that Chen is among around a dozen people accused of selling illegal household pesticides and rat poisons to undercover investigators.
One of the substances was called "The Cat Be Unemployed" because of its ability to kill rats and mice.
Investigators said the poison has 61-times the level of brodifacoum allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency. The substance causes rodents to bleed to death. In cities, you need a license to and protective gear to dispense it.
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Source: New York Times