The arrests came in the community of Larga Distancia de Catorce Millas, Matina. The men were traveling along a railroad track, apparently in an effort to avoid police, said the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas. The suspects were identified by the last names of Goul Mejía, Platera Calúa and Lépiz Mejía.
The eggs were turned over to a nearby turtle nursery. The effort was directed by the Guardacostas environmental unit.
The Caribbean beaches are a nesting site for several species of turtles at different times of the year. The leatherbacks are endangered.