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Man arrested for illegally selling baby alligators, wildlife in Leon County

Posted at 1:28 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 13:28:50-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A 65-year-old man is being held without bond after an undercover investigation revealed that he was illegally selling baby alligators, deer and other wildlife around Leon County.

According court documents, investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission received reports of a suspect selling freshwater game fish in Leon County back in August of 2018.

Based on the reports, authorities began an investigation into the selling of freshwater game fish in Leon County.

During the investigation, the suspect was identified as 65-year-old Alcazar Thompson Jr. Investigators say the suspect, who goes by 'Al the Fish Man,' was selling fish at a local gas station.

Documents say Thompson has an extensive criminal history that includes fishery violations.

During the investigation, undercover officers bought several fish, an alligator snapping turtle, several baby alligators, a deer and other wildlife from Thompson. It is illegal to sell freshwater game fish, saltwater products and wildlife without proper licenses, permits or authorizations.

While investigating, officers found that Thompson does not have the proper licenses to sell any kind of fish or wildlife. They say

After a year long investigation, Thompson was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Facility. He is facing several charges for illegal killing, possessing, or capturing of alligators and deer.

As of Tuesday, Thompson is being held in jail without bond.