3 charged in snake bust plead guilty

The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Ky. — Three Berea men have pleaded guilty to illegally harboring wildlife, including deadly snakes.

The Richmond Register reports that 30-year-old Brian Fryer; 46-year-old John Rowland and his son, 18-year-old Joel Rowland, entered the pleas Monday in Madison District Court.

Fryer was charged with 46 counts of selling, buying or possessing wildlife and was ordered to pay a $2,840 fine by District Judge Earl-Ray Neal. The Rowlands were charged with two counts of illegally buying, selling and possessing wildlife and each was ordered to pay a $700 fine.

The men declined to comment after their court appearance.

They were among 10 people arrested by wildlife officers in July in a crackdown on the venomous snake trade. More than 100 snakes were confiscated in the undercover sting. Many of them were deadly breeds.

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