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San Diego lobster poacher sentenced to jail

June 15, 2009 | 12:25 pm

A San Diego man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to poaching undersized lobsters in the waters off Mission Beach, City Atty. Jan Goldsmith announced today.

Jason Bryan Chavez was caught with 46 lobsters in the trunk of his car May 18 about 2 a.m., when a San Diego police officer spotted him "acting suspiciously," Goldsmith said.

The lobsters were returned to the ocean by San Diego lifeguards.The incident was Chavez's second conviction for lobster poaching, Goldsmith said.

Of the 120 days, 30 will be suspended if Chavez complies with the terms of his probation.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego