Diego man charged for possession of protected birds

A Diego Mar­tin man who al­leged­ly came to South Trinidad hop­ing to sell 16 pro­tect­ed birds, was in­stead ar­rest­ed in a sting op­er­a­tion.

He is ex­pect­ed to ap­pear in the San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trates Cour­ton Thurs­day charged with 16 of­fences.

The 23-year-old man from Rich­plain Road, Diego Mar­tin, had al­leged­ly bro­kered a sale for ten yel­low head­ed par­rots and six white eyed conures (which are small to medi­um-sized par­rots.)

How­ev­er, when he ar­rived at Gas­par­il­lo in­stead of meet­ing the buy­er he was con­front­ed by of­fi­cers of the South­ern Di­vi­sion Task Force and game war­dens.

The par­rots were be­ing sold for $500 each while the price for conures was $300 each. The birds were hand­ed over to zoo of­fi­cials but are ex­pect­ed to be pro­duced in court on Thurs­day.

The sus­pect was charged by se­nior game war­den Steve Seep­er­sad. The of­fence car­ries a max­i­mum fine of $10,000.

- by Sascha Wilson. Photo by Kristian De Silva.

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