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Police find man with undersized fish: Leads to drug crimes arrest

It's not uncommon for a relatively minor legal violation to lead to a serious drug crimes arrest. In fact, many drug possession arrests in Florida happen because police make a traffic stop or question someone whom they suspect is engaged in an entirely different -- and far more serious -- criminal act. This is exactly what happened in a recent drug possession arrest that wildlife officials carried out after they discovered a fisherman who was in possession of fish that were smaller than the legal limits.

A man from Homestead was arrested on misdemeanor and felony narcotics charges after state wildlife officials allegedly found him with undersized fish. Wildlife officers stopped the man and checked his fish coolers on a recent Sunday in the Florida Keys. As they continued to search, however, in addition to the fish that were below the minimum size that it's legal to keep, they allegedly discovered that the man was in possession of controlled substances.

The 30-year-old man was booked at the Monroe County Jail, and his bond was set to $7,000. He was booked on charges of misdemeanor marijuana possession, felony possession of a controlled substance, three wildlife conservation charges and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession charge. Another fisherman who was with the man received three citations for conservation-related charges.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say that the undersized fish were one mangrove snapper, three yellowtail snappers and three mutton snappers. The wildlife officers continued to search the man after they allegedly detected a strong smell of marijuana coming from him. That's when officers claim they found Oxycodone and two baggies of marijuana.

If you've been charged with a minor drug possession crime in Florida, it's important that you research the laws you allegedly broke and the potential punishments associated with a conviction. This information will help you explore the most appropriate legal strategies to deploy as you work with your attorney to defend yourself in court.

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