By CBS 2 Chicago Staff

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.

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Once in Chicago a wildlife exporter shipped them to South Korea where they were sold as exotic pets for thousands of dollars.

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The traffickers also shipped alligators and protected freshwater turtles.

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Seven people were arrested.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff