Two Miami men had their state saltwater fishing and hunting licenses revoked for life Tuesday and will pay nearly $6,000 in fines after they were caught robbing lobster traps last year.
County Judge William Ptomey in Plantation Key sentenced Alain Carrazana, 38, and Gilberto Carrazana, 50, to 90 days in jail, five years probation with adjudication withheld, meaning the charge will appear on their record, but they will not be considered convicted felons if they successfully complete the conditions of the sentence, said Monroe County Assistant State Attorney Demetrios Efstratiou.
It was unclear how the two are related.
"We're not sure and can't be 100 percent certain as to that," Efstratiou said.
Ptomey prohibited both men from entering Monroe County waters while on probation, and charged them $5,995 in court costs and fines in addition to revoking their licenses, Efstratiou said.
Alain Carrazana must also forfeit his boat, motor, trailer and all equipment, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.
The men were charged in August 2012 with trap molesting, 17 counts of possessing undersized lobster and possessing more lobster than allowed.
A marine deputy on patrol offshore was at Mile Marker 78.5 when he saw a small vessel painted in brown camouflage speeding in an "idle only" zone, on the gulf side near Indian Key Fill, reports say.
The officer stopped the men and allegedly saw a lobster trap on the boat, holding 17 undersize and one legal lobster. He called the owner of the trap, who said no one had permission to take his traps and that he wanted to press charges.
The men reportedly said they found the trap on the bottom and were bringing it back to shore. They told the deputy they intended to call law enforcement and ask if they could keep it, and return the undersized lobster to the water later, the report states.