'Swamp Brothers' star, Bushnell business charged with snake trafficking

Published On: Nov 14 2012 11:10:40 AM EST

Discovery Channel

BUSHNELL, Fla. -

One of the stars of Discovery Channel show "Swamp Brothers" and the brothers' Sumter County business have been indicted on snake trafficking charges, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Swamp Brother Robert Keszey, 47, Robroy Macinnes and the business both Keszey and Macinnes part owned and manager, Glades Herp Farm in Bushnell, were charged with conspiracy to traffic in endangered reptiles and transport in interstate commerce of wildlife taken in violation of state law.

Keszey and Macinnes are accused of taking the protected snakes, including the Eastern Indigo snake from the wild in New York and Pennsylvania and transporting them to Florida in 2007 and 2008 so they could be sold at the Glades Herp Farm.

They were indicted in Pennsylvania court, according to documents filed on Tuesday.

According to the Discovery Channel website, Keszey is described as an "exotic animal expert." His brother, Stephen, is described as a "city boy learning the ropes at Florida's largest reptile sanctuary and exotic reptile dealership," meaning Glades Herp Farm.

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