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Miami Taxidermist Gets Caught Smuggling Wild Animals

Enrique Gomez De Molina, 48 years old from Miami Beach, Florida was sentenced by a federal court to 20 months in prison for trafficking illegal and dangerous wild animals. He was also sentenced to a one year probation period and a $6,000 fine.

Molina was cited for importing skins of animals such as Java kingfisher and a collared kingfisher. He was also cited for having skins of a juvenile hawk-eagle, an orangutan skull and the carcass of a slow loris and a mouse deer. Molina had no permits or documentation allowed to import such species. The slow loris are not allowed in the United States at all.

From late 2009 through February 2011, Molina used contacts in Bali, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Canada and China to illegally acquire the animals.

His interesting work has been displayed at art shows throughout Miami. One was even sold and illegally transported back into Canada. View more of his artwork.

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