This report represents some significant events the FWC handled over the
past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division
of Law Enforcement.
Officer Jason Godwin was patrolling the rim canal near the
Okeechobee-Martin County line when he observed a vessel operating without
navigation lights. After stopping the vessel, Officer Godwin noticed the
operator displaying signs of impairment. Further investigation led to the
subject's arrest for BUI. He was transported to the Martin County Jail
where he refused to provide a breath sample.
On June 25, Investigators charged two more suspects with illegal sales of
freshwater game fish. This is part of an ongoing investigation on Lake
Okeechobee involving the sales of large quantities of freshwater game fish
to undercover agents. The two suspects were charged with six counts of
violations including unlawful sale of freshwater game fish and commercial
license violations. To date, this investigation has resulted in almost a
ton of seized freshwater game fish and one vehicle being forfeited to the
On June 29, Officers Jesse Lee and Tim Sweat responded to an alligator
attack on the Brighton Indian Reservation. A subject was fishing at a pond
on the reservation when a four-foot alligator attacked his dog. While the
man was rescuing his dog, he sustained minor injuries to his hand.