Of all the things you can tell your prison inmate what you were arrested for, smuggling deer shouldn’t be one of them.
Charles James, co-owner of Timber Hollow Whitetails, has been federally indicted in violation of the Lacey act by smuggling deer from his ranch in Mexico, Missouri, to another ranch located in Laurel Hills, Florida.
It is a federal crime to transport deer out of the state of Missouri, as well as bring deer into the state of Florida, without all the proper documentation showing that those deer are disease-free.
The 54-year-old is being accused by prosecutors of using a rented box truck for the alleged deer smuggling, in an attempt to keep a low profile. If convicted, James can face up to five years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine.
The reason for the drastic measures in this case is due to the threat of chronic wasting disease, or other contagions that caged deer commonly carry. If these diseases spread, entire populations of deer can be destroyed fairly quickly.