World Turtle News, 10/20/2019
FWC officers bust largest turtle trafficking ring seen in FL, free hundreds of reptiles
(read the official FWC press release here)
The arrests were more than two years in the making, following a February 2018 tip. In the following months, surveillance and investigations revealed a well-organized ring was illegally catching turtles on both private and public land to sell to large-scale distributors overseas.
In one six-month period, the poachers sold more than 4,000 turtles, totaling some $60,000, said FWC investigations head Grant Burton at a Friday press conference in downtown Fort Myers.
Species taken included striped mud turtles, diamondback terrapins, Florida box turtles, eastern box turtles and Florida softshell turtles.
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