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: Postal Worker Shot At In Florida City; Suspect In Custody
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: Double Shooting Investigated In NW Miami
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: Here's How Royal Caribbean Will Deal With Vaccinated, Unvaccinated Passengers
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