Scottsboro man sentenced for trafficking protected reptiles

Release from Office of U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance:"A Scottsboro man was sentenced Tuesday for the illegal possession, transportation and sale of protected reptiles in violation of the Lacey Act, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Special Agent in Charge for the Southeast Region Luis J. Santiago."Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn sentenced David Langella, 43, to three years of probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and violating the Lacey Act. The judge ordered that the first four months of probation be served in home confinement and that, during his probation, Langella could not collect reptiles or assist anyone else in collecting them."The investigation by federal and state authorities established that from 2006 through 2009, Langella traveled to Arizona to hunt and capture Arizona state-protected reptiles. According to the felony and misdemeanor charges filed in federal court, Langella conspired with others to violate the Lacey Act, as well as Arizona and Alabama state laws. Langella transported some of the illegally captured reptiles back to Scottsboro for his own collection and some were distributed to other individuals. In addition, Langella provided guiding services to others for the capture of Arizona protected reptiles."