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).