Enforcement

Benton Man and Juvenile Charged with Drug Possession and Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Benton man and cited a juvenile for alleged drug possession and hunting violations on Dec. 9 in Bossier Parish.

Agents arrested Hunter Vaughn, 20, of Benton, and cited his 16-year-old passenger for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, hunting deer with artificial light during illegal hours, and hunting from a public roadway.  Vaughn was also cited for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Agents were patrolling public roads near Plain Dealing around 9 p.m. when they observed Vaughn operating a vehicle and spotlighting the ditches and fields on the sides of the road.  Agents stopped the vehicle and found Vaughn and the 16 year old in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a .17 caliber rifle, and a spotlight.

During questioning the two subjects admitted to actively trying to hunt deer at night using a spotlight from a public road.

Agents booked Vaughn into the Bossier Parish Jail.  Agents also seized the marijuana, drug paraphernalia, rifle, and spotlight.

Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Contributing to the delinquency of a minor carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Body of Boater Recovered from Little Bayou Pigeon

Release Date: 12/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Iberia Parish.

The incident took place in Little Bayou Pigeon on Dec. 8 around 9 p.m. and claimed the life of Malcolm Perera, 48, of Bayou Pigeon.  His body was recovered from Little Bayou Pigeon on Dec. 9 around 9:30 a.m. and turned over to the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF agents were notified about the incident around 6 a.m. on Dec. 9.  LDWF agents along with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and volunteers conducted the search for Perera and the capsized aluminum vessel.

Agents learned that Perera was operating the vessel with another male passenger on board.  According to the male passenger Perera lost control of the vessel ejecting both men into the water.

The passenger was able to make it to shore and find an abandoned camp.  The passenger was then able to flag down a passing vessel at 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 9.  Perera never resurfaced and his body was found near the capsized vessel.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Neither men were wearing personal flotation devices at the time of the incident.  Agents were able to recover the capsized vessel.

Sulphur Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited a man for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 1 in Calcasieu Parish.

Agents cited Jared L. Adams, of Sulphur, 34, for hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Agents were working a night hunting complaint outside of Carlyss.  Around 6:30 p.m. the agents observed a person operating a vehicle and shining a spotlight off of Fabacher Road into some nearby fields.  Agents then observed the vehicle stop on the roadway and shoot at a suspected deer in the field from his vehicle.

Agents were able to stop the vehicle and found Adams with a loaded Browning 30-06 rifle in the passenger seat and a handheld spotlight.  Agents also found a freshly fired 30-06 hull in the driver's side floorboard.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Agents seized the rifle with a scope and the handheld spotlight.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Commercial Fishing Violations

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two mullet fishermen on Dec. 4 for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Clayton M. Buras, 35, of Franklinton, and Joseph L. Neal, 39, of Boothville, for taking commercial mullet during illegal hours.

Agents were responding to complaints of illegal mullet fishing when they observed the two subjects shining the water in an attempt to locate mullet.  Agents then stopped the vessel and found mullet strike net filled with mullet still alive around 3 a.m. near Port Eads in South Pass.

Agents seized 1,966 pounds of mullet and a 1,200-foot mullet strike net.  Louisiana law prohibits the commercial taking of mullet after legal sunset.

Taking commercial mullet during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

The two may also face a mandatory mullet permit suspension for a conviction of illegal fishing.  There is a mandatory one-year suspension for first conviction, two year suspension for a second conviction and a life suspension for a third conviction.

Agents Cite Night Hunters in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 12/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged night hunting violations in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 4.

Agents cited Mikal Black, 19, and Adrienne Black, 49, both of Port Sulphur, for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours and hunting from a public roadway.

Agents were patrolling an area in west Pointe a la Hache around 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 4 when they observed a vehicle driving slowly along the shoulder of Hwy. 23.  Agents watched the subjects for several minutes as they actively shined the side of the roadway with a spotlight in a manner that is common for hunting with a spotlight.

The agents then made contact with the subjects and found that they were in possession of six freshly killed rabbits and two firearms.  Agents seized the six rabbits, two rifles and two spotlights.

Hunting rabbits during illegal hours brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway brings a $100 to $350 fine or imprisonment for not more than sixty days, or both, for the first offense.  The two subjects may also face civil restitution totaling $190 for the replacement value of the illegally taken rabbits.

LDWF Agents Cite 16 People in Terrebonne Parish for Harvesting Oysters from a Polluted Area

Release Date: 11/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have cited 16 people from six different vessels for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 23 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Carlos L. Garcia, 25, of Montegut; Daniel A. Mendez, 35, of Montegut; Antonio C. Aquado, 61, of Houma; Meguel A. Rojas, 45, of San Leon, Texas; Abraham Mendoza-Saaverdra, 22, of Houma; Juan Cardenas-Arredongo, 43, of Houma; Jose Cardenas-Calderon, 24, of Houma; Erica M. Trosclair, 40, of Houma; Mario Gomez, 40, of Houma; Mateo S. Samitez, 25, of Houma; Rios Bernardo, 30, of Gray; Javier Moreno-Mendez, 33, of Gray; Diego Montoya-Garawto, 53, of Bourg; Omar M. Reyes, 25, of Houma; Jose Luis Yanez Ramirez, 37, of Theriot; and Hermico Gomez-Luna, 28, of Houma; for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

Agents were on patrol in Sister Lake when they observed six vessels actively dredging for oysters in unapproved polluted waters.  Agents seized a total of 77 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Complaint Yields Several Polluted Oysters Cases

Release Date: 11/17/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited 16 subjects for alleged oyster violations on Nov. 16 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Raymond Johnston, 56, Torie Gray, 24, Robert Wells, 57, Thomas Deogracias, 37, Raymond Green, 58, Aaron Tillman, 43, Anthony Johnson, 31, Fredrick Patterson, 39, Karl Carpenter, 34, Paul Farve, 29, Roger Tomasich Jr., 44, Rodney Bass, 49, Richard Mayne, 52, Terry Bilbo Jr., 22, all from Mississippi, Robert Richards, 51, of Laplace, and Jimmy Smith, 46, of Texas, for taking oysters from a polluted area.

Agents were responding to a complaint of several boats harvesting oysters in a polluted area on the seed ground near Half Moon Island in Lake Borgne.  Agents located and documented six vessels harvesting oysters from the polluted area.  Agents seized a total of 192 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also face having their oyster harvester licenses revoked by LDWF for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Joel Cromp and Corporal Mike Marquez.

Port Sulphur Man Cited for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 11/16/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a man Port Sulphur man for alleged crabbing violations on Oct. 27 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Charles K. Granger, 50, for theft of crab traps and use of crab traps without the required markings.

Agents were on patrol in Yellow Cotton Bay near Venice when they spotted a vessel around 12:30 p.m. being operated by Granger actively tending crabs traps.  As agents investigated the traps they found multiple untagged traps and several traps that did not have tags identifying Granger as the owner.

Theft of crab traps and tending crab traps without the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent William T. Bartlett and Agent Anthony Corner.

Houma Man Cited for Illegal Shrimping on Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA

Release Date: 11/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Houma man for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 9 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Dwayne T. Hotard, 44, for illegally taking commercial fish, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, blocking the passage of fish, over the limit of shrimp on a Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and being on a WMA after hours.

Around 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, agents received a complaint about a net that was stretched across a flood control structure off of Point Farm Road on the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA.  Agents arrived on scene around 7 p.m. and found a vessel being operated by Hotard fishing a net that was propped up across the flood control structure.

Agents found Hotard in possession of 329 pounds of shrimp.  Agents seized the shrimp and sold them to the highest bidder and also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Shrimping on the Pointe-aux-Chenes WMA is limited to 25 pounds per boat per day during an open inside waters shrimping season.

Taking commercial fish illegally carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a vessel license and blocking the passage of fish each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Being on a WMA after hours and over the limit of shrimp on a WMA each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, Corporal Dean Aucoin and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes are participating in the case.

Biloxi Man Cited for Illegal Shrimping Violation in Breton Sound

Release Date: 11/09/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited a Biloxi man on Nov. 7 for allegedly shrimping in state waters with illegal turtle exclusion device’s (TED).

Agents were patrolling in Breton Sound conducting a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol when they found a shrimping vessel in Breton Sound.  Agents made contact with the captain, Canh Huu Nguyen, 37, and performed a license compliance check and TED inspection.

During the inspection, agents measured the two TEDS installed in the vessels two large nets and found them both out of compliance with state and federal regulations.

Nguyen was issued a citation and his TEDs were seized.  Agents also seized approximately 2,100 pounds of shrimp and sold them to the highest bidder.

Trawling with illegal TEDs brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Shrimp trawlers in the Atlantic Area or Gulf of Mexico Area need to have an approved TED installed in each net that is rigged for fishing.  However, certain exemptions to these requirements may apply (e.g. vessels without power or mechanical means of net retrieval, test trawls, skimmer and butterfly nets in compliance with tow time restrictions).

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Dave Nunez, Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Keith Francis, and Corporal Rick Clark.

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