MIAMI, FL, – A 35-year-old Bahamas national and his Fort Lauderdale friend could face a maximum of 40 years in prison if convicted on a charge to distribute marijuana.
Dana Andrew Pratt, 35, of Nassau, Bahamas, and Robert Alfred Wagner, 51, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, are scheduled to appear in court this Friday for a pre-trial detention hearing on the charge of “conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.”
The were arrested last Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents after officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission discovered approximately 400 pounds of marijuana with a street value of a half million dollars on board their vessel.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission conducted a routine boarding of the vessel last Friday night. The master of the vessel showed the officers a cooler full of fish, but upon closer inspection, the officers observed that some of the fish were frozen solid.
After citing the master of the vessel for this and other state fishing violations, the officers conducted a more thorough search and found approximately 400 pounds of marijuana on board.