Hialeah Seafood Smuggler: What Kind of Guy Drives Around With 232 Lobster Tails?

Ok, so you're cruising north on the Florida Turnpike. The cops pull you over and you're freaking out, man, because you're holding some seriously illicit shit: A cooler full of 232 lobster tails -- 167 of which are undersized.


Alberto Varea, age 54, of Hialeah isn't the coolest arrestee around, but we're betting he throws a mean dinner party. Yesterday Palm Beach County cops charged him with possession of the illegal tails, a second-degree misdemeanor. (He has no previous criminal record in Miami-Dade.)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers were summoned to scene and have dubbed the crime "a major wildlife law violation."Says Lieutenant Chuck Russo: "Some people have no respect for Florida's natural resources."

KEEP MIAMI NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Natalie O'Neill
Contact: Natalie O'Neill