Monday, September 16, 2019

FWC Law Enforcement – Collier County

Late one evening, Investigator Van Trees made contact with a group of people exiting Clam Pass Beach Park who he suspected had been fishing. A fisheries inspection revealed that there were four undersized snook and one undersized mangrove snapper hidden in a paint bucket. One subject admitted to keeping the fish, although he did not catch them himself. As Investigator Van Trees was speaking with the group, the subject who admitted to keeping the illegal fish fled into the nearby woods. Local agencies assisted in the search, but were unable to find the suspect. With only a foreign ID to work with, Investigator Van Trees found out where the subject worked, what vehicle he would be in and where he got dropped off each morning. Along with Officer Osorio-Borja, the officers waited for the subject to be dropped off for work one morning and arrested him without incident. The subject admitted to fleeing because he thought he would be going to jail the night of the incident. The subject was booked into jail for the resource violations, resisting arrest without violence and an outstanding federal warrant via US Marshals for human smuggling.

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