To Catch a Turtle Thief

Prized as an exotic species in Asia, diamondback terrapins can be valued upwards of 20,000 USD. And although it’s illegal to poach and trade the turtles, that money seemed too good for Dave Sommers to pass up. After a years-long investigation, which involved trickery, GPS tracking, and covert videotaping, Sommers was caught with 3,442 terrapin hatchlings in his home — an estimated 427,320 USD value on the global market. Read full article here


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