Columbia man accused of illegally transporting deer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri man was accused of breaking federal law by transporting white-tailed deer to Florida.
A St. Louis grand jury indicted 54-year-old Charles "Sam" James of Columbia for violating federal law barring the trade of wildlife that have been illegally transported or sold.
The indictment alleges as co-owner of Timber Hollow Whitetails near Mexico, Missouri, James used a rented trailer to drive 11 live deer to a farm for the animals near Laurel Hills, Florida. The transport allegedly happened in October 2013. That came after a Florida law banned the importation of captive white-tailed deer.
Federal law bars the transport of live white-tailed deer out of Missouri or into Florida without proper documentation of the animals and health records certifying they're disease-free.
Court records didn't show whether James had an attorney.