Enforcement

LDWF Agents Arrest a Jones Man for Drug Possession and Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/21/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agents arrested a Jones man for deer hunting and narcotics violations on November 17 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents arrested Cody L. Pollock, 23, for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Agents also charged Pollock with taking over the daily limit of deer and two counts of failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents responded to Pollock's address to question him in reference to a complaint he had taken over the limit of deer.  Pollock opened the door to his home and agents witnessed and smelled marijuana smoke.

Upon questioning, Pollock told agents he had a substantial amount of marijuana inside his travel trailer and two antlerless deer that he took that morning quartered.  Agents recovered two quart sized bags of marijuana, 11 individually wrapped baggies for individual sale and the two quartered antlerless deer.

Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings five to 30 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail for each offense.  Possessing over the legal daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to tag a deer carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Pollock may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. James Hagan and Darren Bruce.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Red Drum

Release Date: 11/20/2014

A New Orleans man pleaded guilty to the illegal selling of game fish violations on Nov. 18 in the New Orleans Municipal Court in Orleans Parish.

Judge Desiree Charbonnet sentenced Paul Haptonstall, 35, to 120 days of imprisonment suspended and fined him $3,730.80 for the illegal selling of game fish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Haptonstall on June 13, 2014 in New Orleans for illegal selling of game fish and undersized fish.

Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints about the subject selling red drum in the New Orleans area.  Haptonstall sold a total of 11 black drum, three sheepshead, two spotted seatrout, two catfish and 138 red drum to Special Operation agents throughout the investigation.

Agents involved in the case were the LDWF Special Operations Section, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois and Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Monterey Man Sentenced for Illegal Night Hunting

Release Date: 11/18/2014

A Monterey man was sentenced in 7th Judicial District Court in Concordia Parish on Nov. 14 for illegal night hunting.

Judge Kathy Johnson sentenced Duell S. Moreland, 24, to 60 months of hard labor with 40 months suspended, 30 days in jail and to a 15-year no hunting ban.

Agents from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) arrested Moreland on Jan. 31, 2014.  The agents observed Moreland night hunting on foot on an All-Terrain Vehicle trail located on the Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The agents were able to make contact with Moreland after a brief chase.

Moreland was found hunting after hours with a cross bow equipped with a night vision scope along with a .444 primitive rifle.

Moreland was booked into jail for hunting deer during illegal hours, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, resisting an officer, hunting deer using illegal methods, using a firearm/archery equipped with illegal sights and not possessing a resident hunting license.  The agents seized all the equipment.

USFWS Agent Mark Cupit and LDWF Sgt. Trey Mason participated in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/13/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 12 in Franklin Parish.

Agents cited Claude B. Roberts, 24, and Cody A. Barton, 27, both from Fort Necessity for taking a deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.  Barton was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.

According to the men they were in a vehicle and shined a deer with a spotlight from a public road in Franklin Parish around 9 p.m.  Barton then shot and killed a spiked deer from the vehicle.

After shooting the deer, the men saw a vehicle coming and attempted to flee the area and wrecked their truck in the process of leaving.  The Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a person near where they crashed their truck.

LDWF Senior Agent Johnny Wilson made contact with the men at the scene and cited the men.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road and discharging a firearm from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Barton may also face civil restitution of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Involved in the case are Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Franklin Parish Deputy Brandon Box.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Raceland Man Pleads Guilty to Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/12/2014

A Raceland man pleaded guilty to several hunting violations on Nov. 5 in the 17th Judicial District in Lafourche Parish.

Judge John E. Leblanc sentenced Eric Savoie, 37, to a total of $3,750 in fines, 120 days of imprisonment suspended, and has to forfeit a 7 mm rifle with scope, 12-gauge shotgun and .22 rifle in connection with the hunting violations.  Savoie also faces up to $3,249 in civil restitution for two illegally taken deer.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited Savoie for deer hunting violations on Christmas day, Dec. 25, 2013 on Eagle Island.

Agents cited Eric Savoie, 37, for hunting or taking deer during illegal hours, failing to tag deer, over limit of deer, taking deer illegally during an open season, hunting deer without a big game license, and hunting with an unplugged shotgun.  Savoie pleaded guilty to these charges.

On Dec. 24, LDWF agents received a complaint that Savoie had killed two does at night on Dec. 20.

When agents approached Savoie’s residence on Eagle Island on Dec. 25, agents observed Savoie seated at the rear of his residence with a loaded 7 mm rifle in hand and a loaded 12 gauge shotgun with buckshot, a loaded .22 rifle and using a utility street light to shine deer to shoot them at night.

Upon further investigation, agents learned that near the light Savoie placed several pounds of soybeans on the ground to attract deer at night.

After Savoie was disarmed by agents, Savoie was questioned.  Savoie admitted to harvesting two antlerless deer during illegal hours on Dec. 20 and attempting to harvest more deer during illegal hours on the night of Dec. 25.

Agents involved in case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Jamie Folse and Ryan Breaux.  District Attorney Camille A. Morvant II prosecuted the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Arrested For Recreational Fishing Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/12/2014

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agent arrested two men for alleged recreational fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 9.

LDWF Sgt. Adam Young arrested Terry Felo Jr., 42, of Harvey, and Gary Felo, 39, of New Orleans, for taking and possessing undersized red drum, possessing over 10 red drum, and taking or possessing undersizde black drum.  Terry Felo was also charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish.

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) deputies also charged the pair with criminal trespassing for entering into a parish owned pump station without permission.  It was also discovered both men had warrants out for Jefferson Parish and Gretna.

Sgt. Young and Plaquemines Parish Deputies stopped the men and found them in possession of 63 red drum, placing them 53 over their daily limit.  Out of the 63 red drum, 61 were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.  The men also possessed three black drum under the size limit of 16 inches.  Additionally, when uniformed law enforcement arrived on scene Terry Felo tried to conceal the illegal fish from agents and deputies.

Taking undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.  Possessing of over 10 red drum and intentional concealment of illegal fish each brings up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  The men also face a total civil restitution of $1,614.67 for the illegally possessed fish.

LDWF Enforcement Sgt. Adam Young and PPSO Deputies Chad Lafrance and Johnathan Camneter were involved in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Sentenced In Jefferson Parish for Illegal Red Snapper Sales

Release Date: 10/30/2014

Two Bridge City men pled guilty to violations for the illegal red snapper sales in Jefferson Parish on Oct. 28.

Yoan Hernandez, 29, and Manuel Hernandez, 47, were ordered to pay $1,650 in restitution to the state by the 2nd Parish Court in the 26 Judicial District.  Yoan Hernandez was ordered to pay a fine of $835.50 with suspended jail term of 60 days.  Manuel Hernandez was ordered to pay a fine of $715.50 with a suspended jail term of 60 days.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents on a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration arrested and cited both men on Sept. 9, 2012.  Agents with the Special Investigations Unit purchased a total of 655 pounds of red snapper from the two men in Bridge City.

Agents cited the men with three counts of not having federal reef fish permits, three counts of not having or acquiring individual fish quota (IFQ) of red snapper, three counts of selling fish without wholesale retail licenses, three counts of failing to maintain records and three counts of failing to complete commercial trip tickets.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Adam Young, Sgt. Kris Bourgeois, Sgt. Tim Fox and Senior Agent Mitchell Saunders.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

16 Year Olds Survive Boating Incident

Release Date: 10/29/2014

Two 16 year old boys from the Crowley area survived a boating incident on the Indian Creek Reservoir in Rapides Parish on Oct. 26.

The juveniles were fishing and traveling in a boat channel on the north end of the reservoir in a boat when they struck a tree.  Both boys were ejected from the 16 foot aluminum vessel and sustained minor to moderate cuts and bruises.

Because the operator was wearing the engine cut-off switch lanyard, the vessel shut off after the boys were ejected.  The boys were able to get back into the stalled vessel where a fisherman found them shortly after the incident and transported them to the boat launch where Acadian Ambulance was then able to transport the passenger to the Rapides General Hospital to treat a leg injury.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division will be the leading investigative agency for this incident.

LDWF agents believe at this time that the boys greatly increased their chance of survival because the operator took a safe boating education class, both boys were wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs) and the operator utilized the engine cut-off switch lanyard.

“These boys took all the right precautions to increase their chance of survival,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the Enforcement Division.  “We believe that this could have been a fatal outcome had they not been wearing PFDs that kept them afloat in case they wouldn’t have been able to swim from their injuries and the cut-off switch lanyard that prevented the boat from turning into a weapon and hitting one or both of the boys.”

PFDs are required for anyone 16 years of age and younger when in a vessel less than 26 foot long while underway.  An engine cut-off switch is required for anyone operating a vessel with a hand tiller outboard motor that is less than 26 foot long and in excess of 10 horsepower that is designed to have a cut-off switch.

“While this vessel was not required to have the cut-off switch since it was not a hand tiller engine, we always teach people to use it if the boat has one,” said Lt. Col. Sammy Martin, the state’s Boating Law Administrator.  “We are hoping that other people will see how these boys took the extra couple of safety precautions by wearing their PFDs and cut-off switch that may have been the difference between life and death.”

The free boating education safety class is mandatory for anyone born after Jan. 1, 1984 operating a vessel in excess of 10 horsepower.  The classes are available statewide and year-round and the schedule can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Terrebonne Parish Man Arrested After Boat Chase

Release Date: 10/21/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Houma man after a boat chase on Oct. 20 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Charlie Use`, 32, for aggravated flight from an officer, careless operation of a vessel, taking or possessing more than 10 redfish, taking or possessing undersized redfish, no navigation lights, intentional concealment of fish and not possessing a basic or saltwater fishing license.  Agents booked him into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Agents made contact with Use` in Bayou DeCade south of Houma around 6 a.m. on Oct. 20.  Agents stopped Use` because he didn’t have the required navigation lights on his 18 foot vessel.

While making contact with Use`, agents observed him dump redfish into the water.  While the agents were trying to retrieve the redfish, Use` took off in his vessel in an effort to escape.  After a brief one mile chase, agents were able to get Use` to stop his vessel and arrest him.

Agents were able to determine that Use` possessed over 10 redfish of which some were undersized by observing the fish that were dumped and by questioning Use`.

Aggravated flight from an officer brings up to a $2,000 fine and five years in jail.  Reckless operation of a vessel carries up to a $300 fine and 30 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of fish brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing more than 10 redfish brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized redfish carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess basic and saltwater fishing licenses and for not having navigation lights each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Fraudulent Shrimp Sales Lands Rayne Man in Jail

Release Date: 10/15/2014

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Rayne man for alleged fraudulent shrimp sales in on Oct. 14.

Agents arrested Shannon J. Roche, 37, for four counts of theft by fraudulent shrimp sales and for failing to maintain records in Acadia and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Agents received complaints from three victims in Jefferson Davis Parish and one victim in Acadia Parish.  Agents investigated each complaint and determined that Roche sold shrimp to these consumers whom did not receive the correct amount of shrimp.  LDWF agents booked Roche into the Acadia Parish Jail.

Fraudulent shrimp sales brings a up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail for each count.  Failing to maintain records brings up to a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each count.

Agents arrested Roche on similar charges on Feb. 26 earlier this year in Lafayette Parish.

Sgt. Justin Sonnier and Senior Agent Donald Murray are investigating this case.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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