March 17, 2014

Traffic stop leads to marine violations

A trio from Miami were pulled over in a car northbound on Big Pine Key Sunday for a  traffic violation. The case turned into a marine violation case after the deputy found illegal fish in a cooler in the car.

The red sport utility vehicle was northbound at 2:20 a.m. Sunday when Deputy Kendall Bailey pulled it over for having no tag light. The driver, 55 year old Larry Brown, turned out to have a suspended driver’s license.

As Deputy Bailey was issuing Brown a notice to appear in court for driving with his license suspended, he noticed a cooler in the back of the vehicle. He asked to see what was inside. Brown told him they’d been fishing from a bridge on Cudjoe Key. He opened the cooler, revealing a large number of fish inside.

Deputy Bailey called for assistance from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. After counting and measuring the fish, there were a total of 80 mangrove snapper – 65 over the bag limit. Twelve of the fish were undersized. They also had one undersized Mutton Snapper and one undersized School Master.

Brown, 33 year old Travis Rolle and 56 year old Yvonne Jackson – all Miami residents -  were issued marine violations in connection with the undersized and over the limit fish.

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