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2:41 AM Mon, Sept. 24th

Police: Connecticut man was trying to sell viper, cobras

A juvenile Indian cobra in Marathahalli, Karnataka, India. (Gopal Venkatesan)

A juvenile Indian cobra in Marathahalli, Karnataka, India. (Gopal Venkatesan)

MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut police have charged a man they say was trying to sell venomous snakes.

State environmental police on Thursday charged 21-year-old Cameron DeFrances with multiple counts of illegal possession of wild animals and reckless endangerment after finding seven live snakes in his Meriden home. A viper, several cobras and two dead snakes were discovered.

State officials got a search warrant after getting a tip from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that DeFrances was selling snakes through social media.

The serpents were seized and transported to a reptile facility with the help of a qualified specialist.

DeFrances was freed on $1,000 bond pending a May 10 court date. A listed home phone number for DeFrances was out of service Friday.