NC man accused of poaching Venus flytraps faces 73 felonies

March 20, 2019

A Brunswick County man is facing dozens of felony charges after he allegedly poached Venus flytraps, a vulnerable plant species found only in North Carolina.

WECT reported Archie Lee Williams Jr., 41, of Bolivia, was taken into custody Saturday and charged with 73 felony counts of taking a Venus flytrap. He was booked in jail under a $750,000 bond.

Williams had an estimated 216 plants in a bag as well as tools he used for digging. Williams admitted to poaching the Venus flytraps once a week, rotating between various game lands across the county.

The small, carnivorous plants only naturally grow in one spot on Earth: a 70-mile radius around Wilmington.