Two Sumter County men, Robert "Bo" Martin Duval Christopher Cork Scroggins, were greeted by wildlife officials early Thursday morning as they came ashore in their airboat on Lake Apopka with a couple of sacks full of recently hatched alligators, according to a Florida Fish and Wildllife Conservation Commission (FWC) release.



"You have got me, and I have a lot of alligator hatchlings," Duval said as the officers who were on surveillance the boat ramp approached him, according to the release:


Officers returned the hatchlings to the lake alive.

Charges are also pending against a woman who helped the two men at the boat ramp, and the incident is still under investigation.

Possessing/capturing hatchling alligators is a third-degree felony, which, on conviction, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, according to the FWC.

Duval, 32, and Scroggins, 22, both of Bushnell, were booked into Lake County jail early Thursday on felony possession/capture of hatchling alligators and misdemeanor conspiracy charges. Duval had additional felony charges of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon. The firearms were concealed under some vegetation in the boat, according to the FWC.

Get the DUHtails at the Florida Fish and Wildllife Conservation Commission (FWC) release.

Photo: Duval (l); Scroggins (r) / Lake County Sheriff's Office
Hatchlings, courtesy of the FWC

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