Poaching Arrest in Portales

A Portales man is facing 20 poaching related charges, after reportedly posting photos of himself with the animals on his MySpace page.

Jacob Gaines has pleaded not guilty to 20 charges involving deer poaching, following an investigation by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

20 year old Jacob Gaines was arrested at his home, after officers seized 17 deer heads and one pronghorn antelope head.

Charges against Gaines included 13 counts of unlawful possession of deer and 1 count of unlawful possession of an antelope.

Gaines also faces civil penalties to reimburse the State of New Mexico for the loss of the deer.