DETROIT (AP) – Two Detroit-area men have been charged in Florida with illegally acquiring exotic fish and alligators, even stopping their vehicle to capture gators in a national preserve.
The indictment says the scheme lasted at least three years.READ MORE: Man Charged, Accused Of Attempting To Kidnap His Ex-Wife In Van Buren Township
Richard Perrin and Joseph Franko are charged with conspiracy and illegal sales. The government says Perrin owns Tropicorium, a Romulus business that sells reptiles and exotic fish. Franko works for him.READ MORE: MSP: Suspect Found Driving With Gun, Drugs & No License
The indictment recently handed up in Miami says Perrin and Franko had no permits to acquire and transport marine life back to Michigan. The species include sharks, sea fans, starfish and at least 10 baby alligators.
Perrin and Franko couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday. A woman answering the phone at Tropicorium hung up when The Associated Press called.MORE NEWS: Flat Rock Man Charged In Fatal Shooting Of 17-Year-Old In Huron Township
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