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Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission officers went to a DeLand home on Boundary Street to
investigate a report that Arneek Wright, 43, had illegal animals in his
A relative let the
officers into the home where they found snakes, lizards and turtles.
All of the animals were
legal for him to own, but an alligator snapping turtle found in the home is
protected and requires a permit to possess.
The officers went outside
to get equipment from their truck, at which point Wright returned home and
locked the doors and closed the blinds, officials said.
When the landlord let the
officers back in, the turtle was gone.
According to officials,
Wright had hidden it underneath dirty laundry in the washing machine.
Wright is charged with
tampering with physical evidence, failure to allow inspection and a captive
wildlife caging violation. A charge of possession of a protected species without
a permit is pending.
First Coast News