Craigslist post leads to charges for Indy man

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INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – An Indianapolis man faces charges for trying to sell animals online without a permit, Indiana Conservation Officers said.

An officer was tipped off that a person was selling Indiana wildlife on Craigslist. It’s illegal to sell animals native to Indiana without a required permit.

Conservation officers exchanged e-mails and text messages with the seller, Robert Gaskin, 20, of Indianapolis and arranged a date and time to meet for the sale.

Friday night around 8:30 pm, a plain clothes officer met Gaskin at his home on the south side of Indianapolis. The officer bought one red-eared slider turtle and two green frogs. The officer also could see drug paraphernalia lying in plain view around the house.

Officers were then able to obtain a search warrant and with the assistance of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department executed it around 1 a.m. Saturday. During the search, officers also found more drug paraphernalia throughout the house.

Gaskin is now facing several charges including Illegal Sale of Wildlife under $500 (C Misdemeanor), Failure to Procure a Resident Fishing License (C Misdemeanor) and Possession of Paraphernalia (A Infraction). provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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