Enforcement

Mississippi Man Pleaded Guilty to Obtaining Illegal Hunting License

Release Date: 08/12/2015

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty in the 2nd Judicial District in Claiborne Parish to illegally obtaining a Louisiana resident hunting license on Aug. 7.

Judge Jennifer Clayson sentenced Lawrence P. Verzwyvelt Jr., of Long Beach, Miss., to pay a $500 fine plus $227 in court costs.  Verzwyvelt Jr. was also ordered to pay civil restitution for two illegally taken deer in the amount of $3,229.22.

On Dec. 20, 2014, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Bryant Coburn made contact with Verzwyvelt Jr. at a hunting camp in Claiborne Parish.  The agent was able to determine that Verzwyvelt was a Mississippi resident with an active Mississippi driver’s license, but was illegally hunting with Louisiana resident hunting and big game licenses.

Verzwyvelt Jr. admitted to the agent that he obtained the Louisiana hunting license with his Louisiana identification card.  He also admitted to harvesting deer in Louisiana with the illegally obtained Louisiana hunting license.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Bays prosecuted the case.

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

Four Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Shrimp

Release Date: 08/12/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men in two separate cases for alleged shrimping violations on August 11 and 12 in St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.

Agents were patrolling on Aug. 11 in the Lake Pelto area of Terrebonne Parish when they came across a skimming vessel actively shrimping.  Agents cited Jearmie Bourg Jr, 19, and Valerie Authement, 54, both of Chauvin, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 434 pounds of shrimp.  Agents also cited Bourg for improper boat numbers.

Agents patrolling near the Back Levee Canal area of Hopedale observed a vessel actively shrimping on Aug. 12.  Agents cited Gregory Porche, 58, and Gregory Porche Jr., 28, both of Springfield, on Aug. 12 in St. Bernard Parish for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.  There were no shrimp on board the Porche’s vessel as they were just getting started and the contents of the skimmers were returned to the water.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up 120 days in jail.  Operating a vessel with improper boat numbers brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Dean Aucoin, Agent Richie Bean, Sgt. Ted Dewitt and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Joint Investigation Leads to Illegal Fish Shocking Case

Release Date: 08/12/2015

Shocking Device Seized

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in a joint investigation cited three Mississippi men for illegally shocking fish on the Pearl River on Aug. 11.

Investigators cited Lance O. Davis, 41, of Poplarville, Miss., James A. Howard, 51, of Poplarville, Miss., and Howard D. Restor, 40, of Lumberton, Miss., for taking fish using illegal methods and a federal Lacey Act violation for transporting illegally taken fish from Mississippi to Louisiana.

Investigators learned about the three men shocking fish on the Pearl River from an anonymous informant.  During the past month investigators from the two states set up surveillance on the river.

In the afternoon of Aug. 11 an LDWF agent observed the three men in a boat arrange and assemble a shocking device, which consisted of a long electrical wire attached to a small section of chain and a 12-volt electrical supply system.

The agent then observed the men in Washington Parish in Louisiana waters shocking the water and using a dip net to collect fish that came to the surface into the boat.  The agent then observed the vessel make its way into Mississippi waters and notified the MDWFP.

From a distance the LDWF agent was able to observe the men using the same shocking technique to collect fish in Mississippi waters.  He also watched the men come back into Louisiana waters and to their Louisiana camp on the western shore of the Pearl River.

LDWF and MDWFP agents made contact with the men at their camp.  They found the men in possession of 24 catfish filets, one whole catfish and other catfish parts.  LDWF agents seized the fish, 14-foot boat, shocking device and 25 horsepower motor.  Charges in Mississippi are still pending.

James A. Howard was also cited for failing to comply with personal flotation device requirements and failing to comply with engine cutoff safety switch requirements.

The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail.  Taking fish using illegal methods brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The boating safety violations each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case for LDWF are Capt. Len Yokum, Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Lee Davis.  MDWFP agents include Lt. Kallum Herrington, Sgts. Kelly Farmer and Mike Jones and Privates Bryant Deschamps, Jake Guess and Joey Herrington.

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

Two More Men Cited for Closed Season Shrimping

Release Date: 08/11/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 10 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents patrolling in Pumpkin Lake observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 4:30 a.m.  During the inspection, agents found 1,300 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Daniel Russell, 31, of New Orleans, and Ryan Engolia, 28, of Slidell, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the shrimp.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Gary Pierce and Brett Nabors.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Two Men for Closed Season Shrimp Violations

Release Date: 08/07/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 5 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents were patrolling the Scofield Bay section of Plaquemines Parish when they came across a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 10:30 at night.  During their inspection agents found 200 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Yale B. Barrios, 36, and Andy P. Boudreaux, 32, both of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 200 pounds of shrimp. Agents also cited Barrios for no running lights.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Operating at night with no running lights brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the cases are Agent William Bartlett and Blaine Wagner.

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

Closed Season Shrimp Violators Cited In Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes

Release Date: 08/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents patrolling Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes have cited 20 subjects for alleged shrimp violations since the middle of July.

On July 15 agents cited James L. Rigsby, 61, and Donald M. Deck, 59, both of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish. Agents seized 20 pounds of shrimp.

Agents cited Dean J. Ancalade, 33, and Trinity Bourgeois, 28, both of Venice, and Jade Nicole Marinovich, 31, of Belle Chasse, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents seized 80 pounds of shrimp.

On July 24 agents cited Thien Le, 58, of Harvey, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish and seized 198 pounds of shrimp.

Agents cited Loi Van, 60, of Buras, and Khoi Nguyen, 52, of Harvey, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized approximately 15 pounds of shrimp on July 25 in Plaquemines Parish.

On July 28 agents cited Rodney J. Encalade Jr., 31, of Violet, and Jackie Riley, 33, of Braithwaite, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents seized 31 pounds of shrimp.

Agents also cited Tray M. Stewart, 25, of Port Sulphur, and Rondey S. Andrey, 31, of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 50 pounds of shrimp on July 28 in Plaquemines Parish.

Also on July 28 agents cited Jude C. Landry, 37, and Jacob C. Landry, 19, both of Boothville, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 112 pounds of shrimp in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Martin J Nunez, 51, of Braithwaite, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 171 pounds of shrimp in St. Bernard Parish on Aug. 1.

Also on Aug. 1 agents cited Binh Quang Cao, 58, of Buras, and Nam Van Pham, 40, of Belle Chasse, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 151 pounds of shrimp in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents also cited Thi Van Le, 60, Dung Hung Pham, 62, and Hanh Van Nguyen, 42, all of Biloxi, Miss., for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 404 pounds of shrimp on Aug. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the cases are Sgt. Villere Reggio, Senior Agent Gary Pierce, Agent Blaine Wagner, Sgt. Chuck Strain, Senior Agent Robert Cosse’ and Agents Travis Bartlett and Blaine Wagner.

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

Nine Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Shrimp

Release Date: 08/04/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working Terrebonne Parish cited nine men for alleged closed season shrimping last week.

While on patrol around 2:30 a.m. on July 31 agents found three shrimp boats using skimmer nets during the closed season.

Agents cited Jeremy Bourg Jr., 19, of Chauvin, and John N. Bourg, 48, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,782 pounds of shrimp.  Adrian J. Lovell, 30, of Houma, and Rich J. Verrett, 49, of Houma, were cited for using skimmer nets during a closed season and 200 pounds of shrimp.  Agents also cited Shawn M. Parfait, 40, of Houma, and Kent J. Guidroz, Jr., 33, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 36 pounds of shrimp.

On Aug. 1 at 1:30 a.m. agents cited Roy C. Marris Jr., 57, of Westwego, Glenn A. Barrett, 22, of Gretna, and David J Jeblonski, 25, of Marrero, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 614 pounds of shrimp.  Marris was also cited for failing to have running lights.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have running lights brings up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the cases are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Thomas DeWitt, Sgt. Todd Laviolette, Senior Agent Norman Deroche, Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes, Senior Agent Lucas Hidalgo and Senior Agent Ryan Breaux.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

Agents Cited Two Men for Stolen Alligator Eggs

Release Date: 07/27/2015

 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents cited two men for taking alligator eggs without a valid egg collection permit.
 
Agents cited Paul A. Canik, 47, of Grand Chenier and Christopher M. Trahan, 24, of Lake Charles for illegal possession of alligator eggs and not abiding by rules and regulations on a refuge.
 
On July 16, agents stopped the pair as they were exiting the marsh in an airboat and flatboat. At the time, Canik explained the eggs were taken from areas he was permitted to collect eggs from. Upon further investigation, the agents were able to determine the nest sites where the eggs had been removed. These locations were not part of the area Canik had been permitted to collect from.
 
On July 21, agents cited Canik and Trahan and seized 523 alligator eggs, a 18’ aluminum boat and a 14’ airboat. The eggs were sold at market value for a total of $10,460.
 
First offense for taking unpermitted alligator eggs carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.
 
Agents involved in this case were: Sargent David Sanford, Senior Agents Derek Logan, Jason Stagg, and Anthony Verret. 
 
For more information, contact Gabe Giffin at 225-765-3966 or ggiffin@wlf.la.gov

18 Men Cited for Illegal Shrimp Harvesting Since April

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents working St. Mary, Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes have made nine closed season shrimping cases and seized over 6,500 pounds of illegally taken shrimp since April.

Agents cited Chaz Barrios, 26, of Venice, and Walter Heathcock, 31, of Covington, for using skimmer nets during a closed season on April 1.  Agents seized 2,228 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

On May 15, agents cited Wade Lacoste, 46, of Theriot, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 149 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Charlie Billiot, 61, of Dulac, and Ernest Dion Jr., 30, of Dulac, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,495 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June2.

On June 21, agents cited Ha Nguyen, 41, of San Jose, Calif., and Lau Ho, 50, of Gretna, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 1,100 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Gilday Aucoin, 61, of Belle River, and Michael Edwards, 58, of Pierre Part, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 50 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on June 27.

On July 14, agents cited Corey Joseph, 26, of Houma, Rodney Pellegrin Jr., 34, of Houma, and Cilombo Collins, 40, of Houma, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 86 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets.

Agents cited Aaron Tillman, 40, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Easton Rodrigue, 43, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 1,078 pounds of shrimp and shrimp nets on July 15.

On July 17, agents cited Marquis Broussard, 39, of Montegut, and Bryce Broussard, 42, of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season.  Agents seized 193 pounds of shrimp and nets.

Agents cited Kelly Lebouef, 33, and Sheri Arceneaux, 39, both of Montegut, for using skimmer nets during a closed season and seized 286 pounds of shrimp and nets on July 21.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

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

Three Texas Men Found Harvesting Oysters in Closed Area

Release Date: 07/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three men for alleged oyster harvesting violations this morning, July 24, in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Israel Beiza-Lopez, 30, Jose L. Lopez, 26, and Pedro M. Cruz, 25, all of Dallas, Texas, for taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation.

On the morning of July 24, LDWF agents were on patrol when they observed a vessel in the Sister Lake Seed Reservation actively dredging for oysters.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the three men in possession of 30 sacks of oysters.  Agents seized the vessel, oyster dredges, GPS device and returned the oysters to the water.  The men were booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the 2014/15 season.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in this care are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Norman Deroche and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

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

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