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Man charged with illegally selling monkey

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AP) - A South Florida man faces charges after, authorities say, he tried to illegally sell a marmoset monkey over the Internet.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Tuesday agents arrested 26-year-old Jesus R. Hernandez at his Fort Lauderdale home. Authorities say he was trying to sell the small South American primate for $2,700.

Officials say Hernandez did not have a permit to possess the 1-year-old monkey and held it in a cage that did not meet requirements. He was charged with several misdemeanors related to the possession, sale and caging of wildlife.

The monkey was taken to a licensed wildlife facility.

Marmosets can be bought and sold legally in Florida, but buyers and sellers must both be registered with the state.

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