Sheriff’s dispatchers received information from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 2:30 a.m. that a silver Honda Pilot was northbound in Key Largo and may be carrying a large number of Grey / Mangrove Snapper. Deputy Tony Conde stopped the car at the 104 mile marker. Deputy Diosvel Fumero backed him up, along with Sgt. Sydney Whitehouse.
Three men in the car told the deputies they had been on a “party boat” out of Marathon and had fish from the boat in two coolers in the car. They opened the coolers, showing the deputies a large number of the fish – a total of 73 in all – 58 over the limit for three people.
42 year old Shawn Francis, 24 year old Xavier Carrasquillo and 18 year old Shaquille Francis were all cited for possessing over the limit Grey / Mangrove Snappers.