ST. LOUIS • A Missouri man is 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, of violating federal law barring the trade in wildlife that have been illegally transported or sold.
The indictment alleges that as co-owner of Timber Hollow Whitetails near Mexico, Mo., James used a rented trailer to drive 11 live deer to a farm for the animals near Laurel Hills, Fla., in October 2013. That was 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. That includes a check for chronic wasting disease, which federal authorities say is a threat to wild deer and elk populations.
Court records don't show whether James has an attorney.
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