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Date: 03-22-2021

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United States of America v. Bruce Wayne Bivins and Carl Lawrence Cobb

Case Number: 9:20-cr-80091-KAM

Judge: Fodolfo A. Ruiz, II

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami-Dade County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office

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Description: Miami, Florida poaching charge criminal defense lawyer represented Defendants, Bruce Wayne Bivins and Carl Lawrence Cobb, who were charged with violating the Endangered Species Act, a federal law designed, in part, to protect imperiled sea turtles by poaching eggs.

Florida Fish and Wildlife investigators caught Bivins and Cobb on the evening of May 24, 2020, while conducting a surveillance operation and observed Cobb (who was on Federal Supervised Probation for his January 26, 2018 conviction at the time), driving a green Ford Truck in the vicinity of 5060 North Ocean Drive, Riviera Beach, Florida. Cobb dropped Bivins off, and investigators observed Bivins digging in the sand, probing the sand with a stick, and placing his hand in and out of a dark-colored bag. Investigators later observed Bivins enter a vehicle, also driven by Cobb, with the now- heavily laden dark-colored bag. According to court records, after investigators stopped the two men, it was determined that the dark-colored bag contained freshly harvested, Federally- and State-protected sea turtle eggs.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Director Edward Grace of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, and Law Enforcement Director Colonel Curtis Brown of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, made the announcement.

Outcome: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney John McMillan is prosecuting it.

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