Seized baby alligator illegally collected from Big Cypress National Preserve and later sold to undercover agents.

Joseph Franko, 35, of Romulus, Michigan, was sentenced in Key West for conspiring to purchase, transport, harvest and sell sea fans, ornamental tropical fish and alligators, knowing the wildlife was taken, possessed, transported, sold, and intended to be sold in violation of the laws and regulations of the State of Florida.


  • Scott Clark PRO 1y

    Thanks FWS for catching these guys. Here's hoping this will discourage other people from similar illegal collecting.

    I hope the alligator will get a new home of some sort.
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