ANDERSON, TEXAS - A Texan with an apparent fascination for snakes and skulls has pleaded guilty to smuggling orangutan skulls into the country.
Graham Scott Criglow, 39, was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and must serve three years probation for violating federal law. Orangutans are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
“I hope this sentence sends a strong message to those that are involved in smuggling wildlife that the crime is not worth the outcome,” said Southwest Region Special Agent in Charge Nicholas E. Chavez of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The skulls shipped from Indonesia were discovered by screening agents at the San Francisco International Airport.
When local agents searched Criglow’s home in Anderson, they found several other animal skulls and bones, along with about 30 human skulls legally purchased by Criglow for his personal collection.
Criglow owns an internet-based business where he breeds, sales and trades reptiles, including venomous snakes.
(© 2016 KHOU)