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The two suspects will be charged in the biggest seizure of the turtles and tortoises in the recent history, the FWC said

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for the populations of thousands of native sea turtles in Florida, which the agency says is the biggest seizure of the turtles in the distant past.

“The illegal trade in turtles and tortoises, it is to have a global impact on many turtle species, and our eco-system. We commend our law enforcement officials are working to address the crisis of illegal wildlife trafficking,” FWC executive Director, and Eric said, lots of places to go.

The two suspects were also in possession of hundreds of sea turtles, which had a black market value of $200,000. More than 4,000 sea turtles were taken illegally, and are to be sold over a period of 6 months, according to the agency. The sellers are reportedly receiving money and even traded a turtle for Marijuana products and the opportunity.

A HUGE ELEPHANT HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD ON TOP OF A SQUISHED DINOSAUR

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Florida Fish and Wildlife)

Michael Boesenberg, 39, was charged with dealing in stolen property as an organizer, 9 counts from the standard caging requirements for captive wildlife, 3 counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles in the possession limit from the sea turtles, and the sale and delivery of the sea turtles taken in the wild, in the possession of marine turtle parts are in the possession of black bear parts, and it’s in the possession of marijuana, possession and intent to sell drugs, and possession of a controlled substance, according to the FWC.

Michael Boesenberg, 39, faces charges of possession and sale of sea turtles
(Lee County Sheriff’s office)

Michael Clemons, 23, was charged with two counts of taking over the bag limit of turtles in the possession limit of box turtles and tortoises, and the sale and offering for sale of turtles taken from the wild, and for the transportation of wild-caught turtles and tortoises without a permit from the agency being reported.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged two suspects for the populations of thousands of native sea turtles in Florida, what the agency says is the biggest seizure of the turtles in the distant past.
Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The FWC says they have launched a sting operation on a tip-in February 2018. As a result of a search warrant on Aug. 12, and they decided that it was a “well-organized ring of wildlife traffickers were illegally catching and selling wild turtles, but a large reptile dealers, illegal distributors, who shipped many of them overseas on the black market.

“Stopping this criminal enterprise has been an important achievement for the conservation efforts,” said Col. Curtis Brown, head of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “The arrest of the persons involved in the illegal wildlife trade, support for our environment and legitimate businesses. It has been mostly positive, and it’s well worth it to be able to see a lot of the turtles and tortoises in the wild.”

“We know that the global black market in live animals and includes the merchants, the smuggling of endangered species of turtles and tortoises in the United States, mostly for export to the Asian pet market,” Dr. Craig Sanford, President of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, told the FWC. “This sinister and illegal trade threaten the future of many species of North American animals, and it is one of the most endangered groups of animals on the planet, turtles and tortoises, are at the forefront of our concerns.”

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More than 4,000 sea turtles were taken illegally, and are to be sold over a period of 6 months
Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The pair allegedly targeted habitats are well known for specific species, will eventually break down in the turtle’s population so much that they had to expand it to other areas of the state, in order to meet the increasing demand.

“Wild turtle populations will be able to keep track of the level of harvest that have taken place here,” said Dr. Eric Talley, and the Reptile and Amphibian Conservation Coordinator for FWC. “This is likely to have an impact on the whole ecosystem, and it is a disadvantage to our fellow citizens and future generations to come.”

The FWC says they have launched a sting operation on a tip in February of 2018
Florida Fish and Wildlife)

The species, which included: the Florida box turtle, Eastern box turtle, striped mud turtle, Florida mud turtle, chicken turtle, Florida softshell turtle, Gulf Coast spiny soft-shell turtles and tortoises, sea turtles can be spotted and diamondback terrapins.

Investigators also found the couple in possession of the skull and the shell of which is a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are the world’s most endangered species of sea turtles, which are also in the endangered list.

The skull and the shell of which is a protected Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are the world’s most endangered species of sea turtles are on the endangered species list.
Florida Fish and Wildlife)

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The seized turtles were given a health assessment and had their species identified by biologists at the FWC. The agency says more than 600 turtles have been returned to the wild, and the two dozen or so have been placed in quarantine and will be released at a later date. The illegal sale of wild animals, it ranks fourth, behind the guns, the drugs, and the trafficking of human beings, according to the agency.

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