210 gallons of fuel in fourteen separate 15-gallon  containers located in the berthing area

210 gallons of fuel in fourteen separate 15-gallon containers located in the berthing area

FWC Officers Piekenbrock, Alvarez, and Boley, were on routine water patrol in Boot Key Harbor when the officers observed a twin engine 32-foot Glasstream Marine vessel in the area with two men on board.

Officers also observed fishing poles in the upright position in the stern rod holders. The officers decided to conduct a vessel stop and upon inspection, officers discovered approximately 210 gallons of fuel in fourteen separate 15-gallon containers located in the berthing area. The berthing area had no means of ventilation and had a strong odor of fuel emitting from it. Other items located onboard the vessel included: Two console GPS units, a handheld GPS, satellite phone, fuel transfer pump, and a large quantity of water and electrolyte beverages. FWC officers notified Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and United States Coast Guard (USCG).

The vessel and belongings were turned over to Homeland Security. Both vessel occupants reside from Hialeah. The two men were placed under arrest by FWC for transportation of fuel in a compartment without proper ventilation and cited for littering. The incident is being investigated by HSI and more possible charges are pending.

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