DOJ Indicts Doc Antle and Associates for Wildlife Trafficking and Money Laundering

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted South Carolina roadside zoo owner Bhagavan “Doc” Antle for federal criminal charges relating to wildlife trafficking of chimpanzees, lemurs, and cheetahs; money laundering; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The DOJ also indicted Antle’s employee, Andrew Sawyer; Antle’s partner and associate, Meredith “Moksha” Bybee; owner of the Vision Quest roadside zoo in Monterey, California, Charles Sammut; and owner of the Franklin Drive Through Safari roadside zoo in Texas, Jason Clay. Antle also recently was indicted for money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with a human trafficking enterprise and separately is due to stand trial for wildlife trafficking and animal cruelty charges in the State of Virginia on July 25, 2022.