Men arrested for illegally trapping over 400 turtles

Men arrested for illegally trapping over 400 turtles
Steve D. Hotchkiss (Source: Pemiscot County Jail via Vinelink)
Steve D. Hotchkiss (Source: Pemiscot County Jail via Vinelink)

PEMISCOT COUNTY, MO (KAIT) - Two men were arrested in Missouri after they illegally captured more than 400 turtles.

In Missouri, it is illegal to capture, sell, or trade turtles.

According to Conservation Agent Brian Shelton, James Floyd Winstead, 42, and Steve D. Hotchkiss, 53, face receiving stolen property charges.

They are currently in the Pemiscot County Jail.

Conservationists found 431 turtles in drop-type turtle traps reportedly set by Winstead and Hotchkiss.

The traps were found in an area east of Tyler, MO, also known as "Stick Schute."

The turtles were valued at over $10,000.

Conservationists set free all of the turtles in the traps.

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