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Men arrested with 260 baby alligators

Men arrested with 260 baby alligators
File photo of an alligator in Florida City, Florida on December 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush) | License Photo

BUSHNELL, Fla., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Two Florida men were arrested after police caught them with 260 alligator hatchlings.

Robert "Bo" Martin Duval, 32, and Christopher Cork Scroggins, 22, both of Bushnell were arrested by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers as they came ashore from Lake Apopka with the load of recently hatched alligators Thursday, Florida Fish and Wildlife reported in a release.

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"You have got me, and I have a lot of alligator hatchlings," Duval said as the officers approached the boat.

Officers returned the alligators to the water alive.

The two men were charged with possession/capture of hatchling alligators and conspiracy. Duval was additionally charged with possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon as officers found firearms hidden under some vegetation in the boat.

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"Unfortunately, there is an illegal market for hatchling alligators, and people who participate in this type of poaching have no regard for our resources or the laws that protect them," officer David Straub said.

A woman who assisted the men at a boat ramp may also be charged in the case.

If found guilty of possession of hatchling alligators, the men face up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 fines each.

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Duval faces a possible 15 years in prison on the weapons charges.

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