INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2014) — You can buy just about anything on the internet and Indiana Conservation Officers were tipped off about a person selling Indiana wildlife on Craigslist.
The only problem is that it is unlawful for someone to sell animals or reptiles that are native to the state of Indiana without a required permit.
Indiana Conservation Officers were able to exchange e-mails and text messages with the seller, Robert Gaskin, 20, of Indianapolis and arrange a date and time to meet for the sale.
Friday night at approximately 8:30, a plain clothes officer met Gaskin at his home in the 3300 block of Chase Street in Indianapolis where they sale of a red-eared slider turtle and two green frogs took place.
While at the residence, the officer could see drug paraphernalia in plain view lying around the residence.
Upon leaving the house, officers were able to obtain a search warrant and with the assistance of the Indianapolis Metro Police Department executed the warrant around 1a.m. Saturday.
While searching, officers also discovered additional drug paraphernalia through the house.
Gaskins is currently facing several charges including illegal sale of wildlife under $500, failure to procure a resident fishing license and possession of paraphernalia.