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28 Monkeys Seized From Miami Illegal Sales Ring

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A Cariblanco Capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) hangs on the back of its mother at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. (Photo credit LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

A Cariblanco Capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) hangs on the back of its mother at the zoo in Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. (Photo credit LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (AP) — Florida wildlife officials say they’ve broken up a black-market monkey sales ring.

Capt. David Dipre with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the northwest Miami operation had been running for seven years.

Dipre says the business not only was selling monkeys without a license, but it also was selling them to people without “the proper training and knowledge to care for them.”

Licenses are required for possessing, exhibiting or selling monkeys in Florida.

After a two-month investigation, officials said Wednesday that the people running the operation face charges for possessing and selling wildlife without a permit, among other violations. They could face fines and jail time.

Authorities seized 28 monkeys and placed them in licensed facilities.

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