Brothers Arrested After Capturing Crocodile in Miami-Dade

Two brothers are facing charges for illegally capturing a crocodile in Miami-Dade, authorities said.

Luis Rafael, 27, and Pablo Rafael, 32, are charged with capturing or possessing a crocodile, killing or wounding a threatened species and taking or possessing a federally threatened species.

Both were released from jail after post bond Friday. It was unknown if they have attorneys.

According to arrest reports, Miami-Dade Police officers and officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to the area of Southwest 248th Street and 104th Avenue and found the brothers with a large crocodile in their possession.

The croc was in a cast net and had rope tied around its mouth, the reports said.

Crocodiles are listed as a threatened species by state and federal law.

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