Alleged Miami lobster mobsters arrested
August 8, 2017
GRASSY KEY — There’s small lobster and there’s small lobster.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office nabbed two Miami men Saturday with 44 speared lobster out-of-season, some of which were so small they barely fit in a deputy’s hand, reports say.
Julio Turino Borroto, 29, and Jesus Molinet-Salinas, 28, both of Miami, were charged with possession of undersized lobster, possession of lobster over the limit, possession of speared lobster, possession of lobster out of season and having no measuring device while harvesting lobster.
Deputy Wilfredo Guerra was on patrol when he spotted the two men just offshore of Mile Marker 60. They were in the water diving with no dive flag, reports say. He watched as they swam back to shore several times, holding spear guns while placing something in the rocks on shore.
The men denied catching anything, reports say. Deputy Guerra found a red bag with 44 speared spiny lobster, reports say.
Both men were taken to the Monroe County Detention Center in Marathon.