A Sheriff’s Office marine deputy arrested a Marathon man in possession of lobster out of season, undersized stone crab claws and a mutilated turtle.
Deputy Wilfredo Guerra received a tip Thursday at 8:45 p.m. The caller said a man on a small skiff had just placed a cooler in some mangroves at the south end of the Ohio-Missouri Bridge. Deputy Guerra went to that location and found the cooler. Inside were a large number of lobster tails, stone crab claws and a turtle that had been butchered for its meat.
Deputy Guerra hid nearby to wait for someone to pick the cooler up. A short time later, a Toyota Camry pulled in to the bridge parking area and backed up toward the trail where the cooler was concealed.
A man later identified as 37 year old Serguei Perez-Perdomo of Marathon got out and put the cooler into the trunk of the car. Deputy Guerra then followed the Camry as it traveled north on highway U.S. One. He radioed ahead to Deputy Orlando Alvarez, asking him to stop the Camry once it entered Marathon.
The vehicle was stopped and Deputy Guerra confronted Perez-Perdomo about the cooler he’d placed in his trunk. Perez-Perdomo admitted it was his, along with the contents. Inside the cooler was the butchered turtle meat, along with 212 lobster tails, all of them out of season. 145 of them were undersized. There were 12 stone crab claws, two of which were undersized.
Perez-Perdomo was placed under arrest. He was booked into jail on multiple marine violations.