Phoenix-area man facing charges in Bengal tigers case

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a Phoenix-area man is facing charges after being found in possession of two Bengal tigers, which are restricted in Arizona.

State Game and Fish Department officials say Fahad Zeshawn Rafi is accused of possessing prohibited live wildlife and other related violations.

The department received a hotline call in late December 2013 about a man who posted photos on a social media site of two young tigers that he claimed to own.

Game and Fish officers discovered photos of a white juvenile tiger and an orange juvenile tiger and the pictures were taken at Rafi's business and two Phoenix-area residences.

They say the orange tiger was later found at a Phoenix home and the white tiger at a Gilbert residence.

Both were seized and taken to a wildlife center.

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