The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers

Post on 18 June 2017 BY
  • $0.00
  • 260 pages
  • Bryan Christy
  • English
  • 18 June 2017
ῲ The ⇘ The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers  ῶ Book By Bryan Christy ‛

ῲ The ⇘ The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers ῶ Book By Bryan Christy ‛ Reptile smuggling is big business, and in his book debut, Brian Christy mounts an intense and highly readable investigation into this unique black market s surprising depths Besides the reptiles themselves, this exciting narrative investigation focuses on two main protagonists Michael Van Nostrand, a notorious dealer and Chip Bepler, the Fish and Wildlife Service agent whose single minded aim was to bring the former to justice Jason KirkAlbino pythons, endangered lizards and other reptiles are the currency of an underworld as dangerous and lucrative as the drug trade Freelance writer Christy s debut is an enthusiastic but scattered chronicle of the rise and fall of a lizard kingpin and the federal agent who pursued him Mike Van Nostrand inherited Strictly Reptiles, an import export business in Florida, from his father, Ray, turning it into a multimillion dollar smuggling operation Van Nostrand imported reptiles of all shapes and sizes, usually concealed in the suitcases or clothing of his mules, and sold them to collectors and pet stores He exploited loopholes in the international treaty on endangered species trade and paid off corrupt officials In the early 1990s, Fish and Wildlife Services agent Chip Bepler set his sights on Van Nostrand After Bepler s years of surveillance and hard work, Van Nostrand was sentenced to eight months in prison, his export license revoked, and Strictly Reptiles was forced to pay 250,000 in fines to a wildlife fund Christy s frenetic approachbouncing from Mike s smuggling to young Ray catching snakes to the neglect of wildlife crime prosecutionis disorienting in what could have been a fascinating tale Aug 1 Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reserved. The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers