Charleston man pleads guilty to turtle trafficking

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A South Carolina man has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking in wild turtles.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports ( that 33-year-old Steven Baker of Holly Hill pleaded guilty this week in federal court t trying to sell turtles to a buyer in Florida.

Authorities said the buyer was really a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent.

Baker had a previous conviction for grand larceny and burglary and also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of guns and ammunition.

He will be sentenced later. Baker faces up to five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on the wildlife charge and 10 years and a $250,000 fine in the weapons case.