Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Division of Law Enforcement
January 13, 2017 through January 19, 2017
Lieutenant Grover, Investigator Tsongranis, Officers Pettifer and Balfour responded to Southwest Florida Water Management District Property (SWFWMD), north of Aripeka and discovered a vehicle parked near an undesignated entrance point to the SWFWMD property. Shortly after finding the vehicle, two individuals covered in dirt and mud exited the property. The two individuals were interviewed and admitted to digging for artifacts on the SWFWMD property. The officers followed the two individuals’ foot sign into the property and discovered a shovel specially modified to dig for artifacts. The individuals were cited for illegal excavation of artifacts on SWFWMD property.