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Beheaded shark found in fishing cooler leads to Miami man’s arrest

A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy found this gutted and beheaded shark in a Miami man’s fishing cooler. The man was arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.
A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy found this gutted and beheaded shark in a Miami man’s fishing cooler. The man was arrested and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor.

A Miami-Dade man was arrested Wednesday and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor after a Monroe County sheriff's deputy discovered a beheaded shark in his fishing cooler.

Angel Luis Velazquez, 39, was fishing at Torch Ramrod Channel Bridge in the Keys when Deputy Donald Stullken checked Velazquez's cooler as part of a resources check and found a beheaded and gutted Bonnet head shark inside.

Florida law prohibits anyone in or on state waters from possessing a shark that has been beheaded, filleted, skinned, or finned. Velazquez was arrested, charged with a second-degree misdemeanor under Florida Administrative Code 68B-44.004, and booked into jail.

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