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Associated Press Updated: April 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A commercial crab boat captain has been cited for first-degree water pollution after police say he dumped about 5,000 pounds of rotten mink carcasses into the Port of Brookings.

Charles Case faces a felony for the pollution charge in Curry County Circuit Court.

During the night of April 1, the 48-year-old Case and the crew of the "Anne Me" allegedly dumped the carcasses.

Workers breathing through mint-scented masks to combat the smell spent the weekend retrieving 3,000 pounds of floating, bloated carcasses.

Port officials expect more carcasses to surface.

Port manager Ted Fitzgerald has said the smell was so bad it was tough to get near the port for awhile.

Fitzgerald says crab fishermen have their own secret ingredients for bait, and mink carcasses are one of them.

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