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Florida man in hot water after bust on turnpike reveals undersized lobster tails

December 11, 2009 | 11:07 am

Lobsterbust Authorities on the Florida Turnpike made a mouthwatering discovery after a traffic stop on Wednesday: 232 lobster tails, 167 of them undersized.

Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies figured something was amiss when they discovered the tails lined inside a large cooler.

They summoned wardens with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Alberto Varea, the alleged culprit, is now in substantially hot water, facing second-degree misdemeanor charges.

"This is a perfect example how interagency cooperation often results in detection of major wildlife law violations," said Lt. Chuck Russo of the FWC. "This case is a sad example that shows some people have no respect for Florida's natural resources."

It remains unclear what will become of the tails.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Lobster tails discovered Wednesday by officers after a traffic stop on the Florida Turnpike. Credit: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission