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Crime Florida authorities bust trafficking ring smuggling thousands of native turtles

04:40  20 october  2019
04:40  20 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The indictment charges Sommers with smuggling turtles and submitting false records for a package shipped to Canada and four violations of the Lacey Act for trafficking over 3,500 turtles They were able to coordinate with biologists and return the hatchlings back into their New Jersey native habitat.

He also allegedly smuggled turtles into Canada in 2014 using a package that was falsely said to contain a book. He faces five counts of trafficking or false labeling under the Lacey Act, as well as one count of smuggling goods from the United States .

More than 4,000 turtles comprising a range of native species were illegally captured and sold over six months, the commission said. The turtles were worth $200,000 on the black market.

"The illegal trade of turtles is having a global impact on many turtle species and our ecosystems," said Eric Sutton, the FWC's executive director.

After receiving a tip in February 2018, the FWC launched an undercover investigation where they discovered a ring of traffickers who were selling wild turtles to reptile dealers and distributors.

The suspects had taken so many turtles from targeted habitats that populations were depleted, the commission said.

"Wild turtle populations cannot sustain the level of harvest that took place here," said Brooke Talley, the FWC's reptile and amphibian conservation coordinator. "This will likely have consequences for the entire ecosystem and is a detriment for our citizens and future generations."

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has charged two suspects for poaching thousands of native turtles in Florida in “Arresting people engaged in illegal wildlife trafficking supports our environment and legal businesses. It is especially positive and rewarding to be able to

Investigators served a search warrant on August 12, during which they found hundreds of turtles and the skull and shell of a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, the most endangered species of sea turtles.

The suspects sold the turtles for cash and marijuana products, the commission said. Both suspects face a variety of poaching-related charges.

While the turtles were sold in Florida, they were sold to buyers who shipped them overseas, specifically in Asia where they were bought as pets. Depending upon the species, the commission said the poached turtles sold wholesale for up to $300 each and retailed for as much as $10,000 each in Asia.

"Over 600 turtles were returned to the wild, two dozen were quarantined and released at a later date, and a handful were retained by a captive wildlife licensee since they were not native to the area," the commission said.

"We commend our law enforcement's work to address the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking," said Sutton.

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