3 men arrested, accused of dumping boat in Collier County canal

Yosmani Caceres, 29, Jorge Fernandez Machado, 28, and Roger Otero Ochoa, 31. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office

Three Collier County men were arrested and face felony illegal dumping charges after being arrested on Tuesday night.

According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Yosmani Caceres, 29, Jorge Luis Fernandez Machado, 28, and Roger Eduardo Otero Ochoa, 31, were arrested after a deputy driving on Everglades Boulevard around 6 p.m. saw a blue Ford truck carrying the three men and a fourth person. The truck was trailering a large old boat at the intersection with 30th Avenue Southeast, hanging halfway off the trailer. When the truck crossed over Everglades Boulevard and continued west on 30th Avenue Southeast, the deputy started to suspect the occupants were going to dump the boat.

Watching from a distance with binoculars, the deputy was proven correct. CCSO says the truck drove to the end of 30th Avenue Southeast and dumped the boat in the canal, where it sank. The truck sped away before later being pulled over.

Caceres, Machado and Ochoa were booked into the Collier County jail. The fourth occupant of the truck was found not to be involved after being interviewed by detectives.

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