Crew members of a Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas boat detained four men at a fishing vessel when it was within Parque Nacional Santa Rosa Thursday. The coast guard officers found a large quantity of fish and octopus.
Fishing in such an area is illegal, and the boat captain did not have up-to-date papers, said the security ministry.
The officers were supposed to destroy the bulk of the illegal catch and save just a sample for judicial procedures.
Instead, the Judicial Investigating Organization said that eight of the officers decided to share the catch and take it home.
Eight officers were detained as they left work in Flamingo Friday afternoon. Judicial agents said they received a tip.