FWC Law Enforcement Report

September 20, 2016

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending September 15 in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.


Officers Manning and Allgood inspected two commercial fishing vessels as they returned to shore. On both vessels, they found undersized red and vermillion snapper. A total of 125 pounds of illegal fish were seized. The operators of both vessels were issued notice to appear citations for the violations. Additionally, two of the vessels’ crew members were arrested and transported to the Escambia County Jail on outstanding warrants.


Officers Ramos and Roberson were on patrol in Blackwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and conducting inspections on primitive campsites. At one remote site, Officer Ramos detected the odor of cannabis. A brief interview revealed the couple had cannabis and drug paraphernalia on them. The couple had also committed three additional non-criminal violations per Blackwater WMA regulations. Each person was charged for the cannabis and drug paraphernalia and warned for the remaining violations.

Officers Ramos and Roberson were on patrol In Eglin AFB in the very early morning when they made contact with Santa Rosa County deputies responding to two stranded motorists stuck in the sand on the Eglin Reservation. Officers Ramos, Roberson and the Santa Rosa County deputy located the woman, along with her husband, deep in the reservation. The officers were able to safely pull them out of the sand and escort them to a main road. The couple had gotten lost and stuck in a long patch of very soft sand while trying to find a campsite at Escribano Point WMA.

Officers Ramos and Roberson concentrated enforcement efforts the weekend nights from the early evening to the very early morning hours of the next day, checking more than nine boats and looking for users on alligator hunts. They did not observe any hunting violations, but did address multiple boating safety and navigation issues.

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement. Information provided by FWC.


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