TORTOISES IN MARION COUNTY
Forty one year old Richard Mann was pulled over yesterday afternoon by narcotics officers in a traffic stop. In the back seat of his sedan was a green bag and it was full of gopher tortoises. Mann admitted trapping the animals so he could sell all six of them for one hundred dollars; and that's not all.
Lt. Gregg Eason said, "According to his own admission...he has a drug problem and he was trying to get some money to support that addiction."
Mann now faces thirteen misdemeanor charges of trapping, possessing, and attempting to sell gopher tortoises. Five of the tortoises will be returned to the wild. One tortoise is thought to have died during it's trapping. The tortoises are not considered to be endangered but are considered to be at special risk so trapping them is illegal.
By Sarah Pusateri, WCJB TV 20 News.
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