Florida wildlife officials say they've broken up a black-market monkey sales ring.
Capt. David Dipre with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the northwest Miami operation had been running for seven years.
"I had no idea really," said Frank Segara, who lived next door to the business.
Dipre says the business not only was selling monkeys without a license, but it also was selling them to people without "the proper training and knowledge to care for them."
Licenses are required for possessing, exhibiting or selling monkeys in Florida. Prices for monkeys from legitimate sellers range from $2,500 to $3,000.
After a two-month investigation, officials said Wednesday that the people running the operation face charges for possessing and selling wildlife without a permit, among other violations. They could face fines and jail time.
Jorge Garcia, 55, (pictured below) was arrested Monday. Dipre said he operated the business.
Authorities seized 28 monkeys and placed them in licensed facilities.