MIAMI - No more monkey business for a South Florida man.
Jorge A. Garcia, 55, is accused of operating a business that bred and sold several species of monkeys in Miami, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
"The illegal monkey business had been operating for 7 years,” said Capt. David Dipre, area investigations supervisor for the FWC. "We have been looking into it and were, fortunately, able to shut it down."
After a two-month investigation, FWC uncovered a black-market monkey operation in northwest Miami Dade.
Twenty-eight monkeys, as well as other wildlife, were seized and placed in licensed facilities.
According to state law, residents must have proper licenses to possess, exhibit or sell monkeys.
“This business was not only selling the monkeys without a license, but selling them to unlicensed individuals as well,” Dipre said in a news release. “So, people were receiving these animals without the proper training and knowledge to care for them. Also, the buyers were violating the law themselves, perhaps unknowingly.”
The people running the operation face charges of possession of wildlife without a permit, sale of wildlife without a permit, sale or transfer of wildlife to an unlicensed person, caging violations and records-keeping violations, according to FWC.
For more information on legally and responsibility owning captive wildlife, visit MyFWC.com/Wildlife .
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