5 Months Prison For Mich. Man In Florida Wildlife Case - WLNS TV 6 Lansing - Jackson | Your Local News Leader

5 Months Prison For Mich. Man In Florida Wildlife Case

Posted: Updated:

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A Michigan man has been sentenced to five months in prison for his role in a South Florida wildlife trafficking operation that included the poaching of baby alligators.

U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez in Key West also ordered 35-year-old Jospeh Franko to serve five months of home confinement after his prison release. Franko pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking offenses involving alligators, tropical fish and sea fans.

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.

Powered by WorldNow

2820 East Saginaw Street,
Lansing, MI  48912

Telephone: 517.372.8282
Fax: 517.372.1507
Email: webmaster@wlns.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Lansing, Inc. A Media General Company.