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Three men charged after fishing with spear gun at Gunpowder Falls State Park

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Maryland Natural Resources Police officers patrolling Gunpowder Falls State Park have charged three New York men with fishing with a spear gun and fishing without a license after hours.

At around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, officers were conducting surveillance at Gunpowder Falls State Park when they observed three men in the river fishing with spear guns.

As the officers approached the men, they saw several fish, including three smallmouth bass, two largemouth bass, one common carp, one American eel, three snakeheads, and 13 creek chub/fallfish.

When questioned, the men admitted to shooting the fish with spear guns and not possessing fishing licenses. As a result, police charged them with multiple violations and confiscated the fish.

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Diego Martinez-Bueno, 36, of Baldwin, Martin Collado-Rodriguez, 30, and Luis Fernandez- Garcia, 29, both of Brooklyn, were charged with possession of a weapon in a state park, fishing without a license, and a battery of other charges.

Each man faces up to $1,492 in fines if convicted.

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