Fla. Man Gets Prison for Wildlife Smuggling

MIAMI (AP) -- A Miami Beach taxidermist has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for illegally smuggling protected wildlife parts and remains into the U.S.

A federal judge imposed a 20-month sentence Friday on 48-year-old Enrique Gomez De Molina. He was also fined $6,000 and ordered to turn over all smuggled wildlife he possesses.

Court documents show De Molina used the animal parts to create taxidermy pieces that he later sold through art galleries and the Internet for up to $80,000 each. Some were exhibited during the 2010 Art Basel fair.

Prosecutors say illegal items smuggled by De Molina include orangutan skulls, skins of a king cobra and various endangered birds and a lesser mouse deer carcass.

De Molina pleaded guilty earlier to illegal trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife.

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