Visitors who enjoy the vibrant party scene that Miami has always offered them now are taking their celebrations to the decks of the city's luxurious yachts.
Since it became known some of these spicy parties full of models in bikinis and a strong presence of liquor and drugs, federal agents have focused on some of the cruises that have been considered illegal.
A week-long operation ended on Sunday when the US Coast Guard officials UU They seized the 147-foot Golden Touch II when it was docked at the popular Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge on the Miami River.
The images of Snapchat obtained by the Miami Herald show a small group of men and women drinking, talking and dividing in their cell phones while a couple of federal agents waited while a DJ kept the party inside the luxurious boat.
Randy Frank Postma was arrested on Sunday for the illegal operation of his yacht The Golden Touch II
Authorities arrested the owner of the yacht, Randy Frank Postma, who was accused of operating an illegal letter after an undercover officer paid $ 9,000 to rent the boat.
"The Golden Touch II case highlights how seriously the Coast Guard and our partner agencies take illegal letters," said the captain of the US Coast Guard. UU Michael Fazio in a press release.
The Coast Guard 7 staff attorney also added that "the owners and operators are putting the lives of the people who embark and are legally responsible", especially after the Postma vessel was sanctioned with a Captain of the Port Order. . after another illegal letter had been operated on August 20.
Attendees at the Miami party aboard The Golden Touch II have fun while federal agents attack the ship
The revelers continued to celebrate aboard the Golden Touch II on Sunday when the illicitly operated yacht was raided by federal officials in Miami
A video recorded on Snapchat shows a DJ keeping the party alive in The Golden Touch II despite the presence of federal agents during an attack
The federal sting nicknamed Operation PAX Defender also put an end to two other yachts that were illegally operated: The Blessed and the It & # 39; s All Good.
Since April. the feds concentrated on illegal yacht licenses after a Miami man and his friends paid $ 3,000 to spend four hours on the Miami Vice ship.
According to the Miami Herald, the ship was operated by Mauricio Alvarez, 49, and his son Andrew Tarcisio. Alvarez, who did not have a captain's license or proper training, was about to set sail after the 91-foot yacht had been inactive on Monument Island and put the boat in reverse, but he did not see if anyone was in the water. . The propellers then absorbed Raúl Menedez, 25, killing him instantly.
Alvarez pleads guilty to one count of misconduct on a ship and will be sentenced on November 19.
The arrest of Postma of the US Coast Guard UU It took place after the owner of the yacht, Seth Gissen, who boasted of his friendship with star athletes, was arrested on 11 August.
Gissen was charged with charges that included the illegal operation of a yacht called No Rules II, and was released with a $ 50,000 bonus.
Seth Gissen (second from left), with NBA star Kyrie Irving (fourth from right), was arrested in August for illegally chartering the yacht No Rules II.
Randy Frank Postma (left) with NBA star John Wall (center) and an unidentified guest aboard a yacht
Seth Gissen (center) was arrested on August 11. He was charged with the illegal operation of a yacht called No Rules II, and was released on $ 50,000 bail.
A week before his arrest, the US Coast Guard UU He stopped the yacht because it was over, he was "on the boat" with about 50 people. According to the investigator, Gissen was trying to hide the fact that the yacht had been rented to the party attendees by ordering them to say they were his personal guests when, in fact, they had paid $ 5,000 for rent.
The Coast Guard operation in the 7th District also scored several other illegal chartering operations that included 20 boardings throughout the Miami area, 17 boardings throughout the Key West area.
The agents issued a total of 15 violations in the areas of Key West and Miami.