Monday, 24 September 2012

Man charged with possession of gator toes, tortoise and bird parts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers busted Michael Todd Munford, a Lakeland man, at his home for possessing illegally-obtained gator, gopher tortoise and migratory bird parts, according to a news release from the FWC.

After recieving a tip with supporting evidence, lawmen obtained a search warrant and made the arrest.

During the search lawmen found unmarked packages of alligator meat with the hide still attached, unmarked alligator skulls and toes, a gopher tortoise shell and a variety of migratory bird wings and feathers believed to be from vultures. Munford had no permits or documentation required to own these animal parts legally, the release stated.Munford was charged with one third-degree felony count of killing an American gator – punishable by up to five years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine; two second-degree misdemeanor counts for illegally possessing alligator parts – punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine and two second-degree misdemeanor counts – one each for illegal possession of gopher tortoise parts and possession of migratory bird parts, records show.

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