A 20-year-old dental assistant from Marathon faces numerous misdemeanor charges after being accused of selling lobster on craigslist.com without a license.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested Kasey Platt Monday in the Marathon Kmart parking lot following a sting operation.
Lt. Josh Peters said he was contacted by an anonymous source about Platt's craigslist ad, which read: "Fresh Lobster Tails — $10 a tail. Shipping available @ extra charge."
Later that morning, Officer Raul Pena-Lopez received a text response to his attempts to contact the number listed. Pena-Lopez was able to agree to the purchase of 25 fresh lobster tails for $250. The advertiser — Platt — set up the sale for later that afternoon in the Kmart lot.
"The advertiser stated the lobster tails were frozen but had only been frozen for three days, thus guaranteeing their freshness and indicating the lobsters were harvested during the recreational mini-season," Peters wrote.
During the two-day mini-season that just ended, just six lobsters per person per day are allowed.
Officer Martin Messier set up in the lot in an unmarked SUV while Pena-Lopez conducted the plainclothes purchase from Platt. Peters wrote that "during the sale, Mrs. Platt indicated that she could get more tails if Ofc. Pena-Lopez wanted to buy them. He just had to let her know."
Platt was charged with unlicensed sale of saltwater products, possession/sale of Florida spiny lobster during the closed season, not possessing a saltwater products license, not possessing a retail dealer license and not possessing "bills of laden and invoices" pertaining to the transport of saltwater products.