FWC INTERCEPTS SUSPECTED SMUGGLING OPERATION

A resource check of this 32-foot Glasstream vessel led to the arrest of two Hialeah men. FWC/Contributed.

On April 7, three FWC officers on routine water patrol in Boot Key Harbor saw a twin engine 32-foot Glasstream Marine in the area with two men on board. Officers also saw fishing poles in the upright position in the stern rod holders. The officers decided to stop the boat for a marine resource and boating safety check. They discovered about 210 gallons of fuel in 14 separate 15-gallon containers located in the berthing area. The berthing area had no means of ventilation and had a strong odor of fuel emitting from it. Other items on the vessel included two console GPS units, a handheld GPS, a satellite phone, a fuel transfer pump and a large quantity of water and electrolyte beverages. FWC officers notified Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security and the Coast Guard. The vessel and belongings were turned over to Homeland Security. The two men, both of whom live in Hialeah, were placed under arrest by FWC for transportation of fuel in a compartment without proper ventilation and cited for littering. The incident is being investigated by Homeland Security and more possible charges are pending.

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