A Texas man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to smuggling two endangered orangutan skulls from Indonesia into the country.

Graham Scott Criglow, 39, of Anderson, was sentenced Sept. 7, 2016, in a U.S. District Court for Southern Texas in connection with an intercepted package that contained pongo orangutan skulls and a search of his home that yielded human skulls, according to the Department of Justice.

Orangutans are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Criglow is a reptile breeder and owner of Strange Cargo Exotics, an Internet-based wildlife business that dabbles in the trade of poisonous snakes.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice: 

In April 2016, FWS inspectors at the San Francisco International Airport examined a parcel from Indonesia addressed to Criglow. The parcel lacked an Indonesian customs declaration and was screened using an x-ray machine. The inspectors determined the parcel contained two primate skulls. A morphology examination determined the wildlife was two orangutan skulls. 

In May 2016, agents conducted a controlled delivery of the skulls at Criglow’s residence and executed a search warrant, at which time agents located several other animal skulls and bones. Authorities also located human remains including approximately 30 human skulls which were found to be legally purchased by Criglow for his personal collection.

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