Snake handler found guilty

A SNAKE handler, caught keeping native pythons illegally inside his Sandy Beach home has been placed on a two year good behaviour bond.

Robert Major, 45, was found guilty of multiple counts of possessing protected fauna and one count of drug possession in the Coffs Harbour Local Court.

He was fined $500 for possessing 391 grams of cannabis and a total of $1400 for 14 counts of possessing native diamond and carpet pythons without permits.

The court heard police executed a search warrant on his Blackbutt Avenue home in September, calling on the assistance of National Parks and Wildlife rangers to secure the snakes.

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