Felony Poaching Arrest After Facebook Posts
Darin Lee Waldo, of Davenport likes to go hunting with his friends, and like most hunters shares some pictures and stories. Waldo chose to do this on Facebook. However Waldo is a convicted felon, making it illegal for him to possess a firearm. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Internet Crimes Unit were able to use Waldo's own posts against him. When they befriended him he invited them on his illegal hunting ventures, and exchanged hunting pictures of the poached animals.
Waldo and other suspects hid small boats and guns in the wooded area, to access Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area without interference. This enabled them to trespass and take turkeys and deer out of season.
Charges against Waldo are: third-degree felony charges include four counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and three counts of armed trespass. His second-degree misdemeanor charges include two counts of attempting to take wild turkey during closed season and one count each of attempting to take deer during closed season, unlawful hunting on Lake Marion Creek WMA, unlawful possession of a firearm on Lake Marion Creek WMA and unlawful entry into Lake Marion Creek WMA, from Myfwc.com.