A Hialeah man was arrested after he was reportedly found with out-of-season spiny lobsters.
According to Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation, Lt. Paul Hein and Officer Courtney Carrol were attempting a resource inspection around 6 p.m. on June 25 at the south end of Whale Harbor Channel bridge when the man, later identified as Eddy Triana Rodriguez, 30, allegedly tipped a bucket of spiny lobster into the water.
Officers recovered four spiny lobsters from the water and were able to match puncture holes in the lobster with a “Hawaiian Sling,” a device used in spearfishing, at the scene. Two of the lobsters were undersized.
Rodriguez was taken to Plantation Key Jail and charged with out-of-season spiny lobster, undersized spiny lobster, illegal method of harvest of spiny lobster and interference with a FWC officer.
According to Jason Rafter, FWC public information officer, the incident took place in the same area where FWC officers arrested a Miami man for allegedly catching 62 out-of-season lobsters on June 12.