$1.4M Bond for Miami Man Arrested for Lobster Violations

A Miami man who has been arrested multiple times for having undersized lobster tails is behind bars once again and could have a tough time getting out after his bond was set at $1.4 million.

Jorge Vargas, 59, was arrested Saturday after he was caught with more than 200 undersized lobster tails near Fiesta Key Marina, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said.

A deputy spotted Vargas in a boat pulling traps and putting lobster tails into mesh bags, the sheriff's office said. When the deputy stopped him, Vargas had 267 wrung tails, with 246 of them undersized.

Vargas was cited for possession of undersized lobster, possession of over the limit lobster and possession of wrung lobster tails.

Authorities said Vargas has been cited twice in the past three years for possession of over 300 wrung tails and possessing stone crab out of season.

The bond was set at $1.4 million after a warrant was issued Monday for failure to appear in court for a previous case from 2011, authorities said.

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