Alvin Keel headed out to a desolate stretch of Singer Island beach at 3 a.m. on May 29, 1998, with a plan to make enough money to feed his crack addiction for a week. The moon had set two hours earlier, leaving clear skies as black as the ocean. The ground was spongy under his feet from rainstorms the day before. In his pockets, he had 85 cents, a pencil, and a calculator, perhaps to help him figure out the... More >>>
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Above, intact strings tied between fence posts show wildlife officers that turtle egg thieves haven't visited this Singer Island beach recently. Captain Jeff Ardelean, bottom left, holds broken broom handles and fishing poles seized from poachers. At right, before a recent undercover sting, officers open a cooler of fresh Bahia they hope to trade for turtle eggs.