Steven Phillip Griffin II Bio/Wiki
Last week, a Florida man named Steven Phillip Griffin II was sentenced to prison for purchasing parts from deceased endangered animals.
After pleading guilty to receiving and transferring endangered species in violation of the Endangered Species Act in November, Steven Phillip Griffin II was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
Griffin was apprehended in Texas in May 2019 after meeting undercover wildlife agents to purchase two Southern White rhino horns, four elephant ivory tusks, one African lion skull, and three leopard skulls for $9,750, according to investigators.
He is 36 years old.
Buying Endangered Animal Parts Full Details
Griffin spoke with an undercover agent to discuss the deal in the two years preceding up the encounter, according to the plea agreement.
He told the agent that he collects dead animal parts, such as skulls and complete skeletons, and he even shared images of his collection.
Following the encounter, officials executed a search warrant at Griffin’s Tampa Bay house, seizing a variety of animal parts, firearms, and ammunition. He also admitted to being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammo.
Griffin drove to Texas in May 2019, met with undercover agents, and paid $9,750 for two Southern White rhino horns, four elephant ivory tusks, one African lion skull, and three leopard skulls.
He then returned the items to his residence in the Tampa Bay area.
Officials stated that agents then executed a federal search warrant at Griffin’s home and recovered a variety of animal parts, weapons, and ammo.
According to officials, Griffin had previously been convicted of a felony and was not permitted to carry a firearm or ammunition.