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Central Texas Woman Charged In Attempt To Sell Tiger Cubs


(June 17, 2008)--A Central Texas woman has been charged as McAllen police and federal agents investigate an alleged attempt to sell six endangered tiger cubs from the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.

An officer at the Hidalgo County Detention Center said Tuesday that 49-year-old Michelle Ashton, 49, of Calvert had been released on $5,000 bond.

Ashton was charged with misdemeanor interference with public duties after she allegedly became disruptive with police Sunday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Alejandro Rodriguez says it appears the cubs were bound for Mexico when they were seized from a McAllen parking lot.

The cubs are in good health and have been taken to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.


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