CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources worked with federal agencies in Florida to take down a wildlife trafficking ring operating through Chicago.
In Florida 3,700 flying squirrels were captured. The traffickers then would drive the animals 1,400 miles in a rental car from Florida to Chicago.READ MORE: Protesters Demand Arrest Of Officer In Anthony Alvarez Shooting
Once in Chicago a wildlife exporter shipped them to South Korea where they were sold as exotic pets for thousands of dollars.READ MORE: Man Shot And Killed While Sitting In Vehicle In South Loop; Dog Apparently Wounded In Attack
The traffickers also shipped alligators and protected freshwater turtles.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed, 9 Others Injured In Mass Shooting On South Side
Seven people were arrested.