Two Caught With Hundreds of Short Wrung Lobster Tails

Pair arrested after deputies find over 300 undersized lobster tails in Marathon

Monday, Sep 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:59 AM EDT
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Raudel Rubio (L) and Ernesto Pinera (R) were caught with over 300 undersized lobster tails, authorities said.

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Two South Florida men are in custody after they were caught with over 300 undersized lobster tails, authorities said Monday.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, a Marine Patrol deputy working with Fish and Wildlife officers spotted a vessel approaching shore at the north end of Marathon with no running lights around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Officers spotted the men, identified as 41-year-old Ernesto Rua Pinera, 41, and 26-year-old Raudel Rubio, get off the vessel carrying a large grey box, authorities said.

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Inside the box were 332 wrung lobster tails, 304 of which turned out to be undersized, authorities said.

Pinera, of Homestead, and Rubio, of Marathon, were arrested for possession of the lobster tails and booked into jail.

The lobster tails were turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to be kept in their evidence facility.

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