KEY WEST (CBSMiami/AP) – A 35-year-old Michigan man will spend five months in prison after pleading guilty to a wildlife trafficking offense which involved the poaching of baby alligators and more.
Joseph Franko pleaded guilty to trafficking offenses involving alligators, tropical fish and sea fans.READ MORE: Small But Ferocious Hurricane Sam Strengthens Some More
U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez in Key West also ordered Franko to serve five months of home confinement after his prison release.READ MORE: Lines Of Mourners Pay Their Respects Sunday For Gabby Petito
Authorities say Franko and 80-year-old Richard Perrin conspired to import the wildlife from Florida to a business in Romulus, Mich., called Tropicorium that sells marine life and reptiles. Perrin was previously sentenced to three years of probation and fined $15,000.
On one occasion, the two men sold a baby alligator and illegally taken sea fans to an undercover U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent.MORE NEWS: Blue Alert Issued Out Of North Florida County For Patrick McDowell, Accused Of Murdering Deputy During Traffic Stop
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