MARATHON (CBS Miami) – A Florida man landed in jail on Tuesday after police said he was caught with nearly 200 illegally obtained lobster tails in his car. The deputy head of the Middle Keys department stopped 25-year-old Jordi Escalante Carrillo from the Marathon on Tuesday night for a traffic violation. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reports that Carrillo was driving a car with an unreadable tag.
During a traffic stop, the MP told Carrillo that he could smell marijuana in the car. Carrillo did not understand anything because he spoke only Spanish. A Spanish-speaking sergeant arrived to help with the translation, and Carrillo denied anything illegal in the car.
While searching the car, the deputy found a large plastic container filled with wrung-out lobster tails.
Carrillo admitted that the lobsters belonged to him and that he stabbed them all that night, according to the sheriff’s office. Carrillo was credited with 191 spear-slaughtered lobsters, 150 smaller lobsters and 185 over the limit.
The legal limit for sized lobsters caught in Monroe County is six per person per day.
No other illegal smuggling was found inside the vehicle.
Carrillo also said he does not have a commercial fishing license.
Carrillo was sent to prison.