Enforcement

Two Men Arrested for Night Hunting in Orleans Parish

Release Date: 11/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 3 in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited Ruben F. Ramos, 37, and Andres Córdoba, 40, both living in New Orleans, for illegal discharge of a weapon and taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light.

Agents received a complaint of two subjects hunting deer at night near a neighborhood in New Orleans east.  Agents arrived on scene around 10:20 p.m. on Nov. 2 and observed two subjects running into the woods and a doe deer and a button buck deer at the location the subjects were last seen.

After a brief search for the subjects, agents found Ramos exiting the woods.  After an investigation, Ramos told agents that Córdoba was with him and where he lived.

Agents made contact with Córdoba at his apartment a few hours later and he showed the agents the shotgun that was used to take both deer.

Both men admitted to taking the deer and were arrested and booked into the Orleans Parish prison.  Agents seized the two illegally taken deer and a 12-gauge shotgun.

Illegal discharge of a weapon brings up to a $1,000 fine and two years of jail.  Taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Ramos and Córdoba could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $3,249.22.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Chuck Strain and Senior Agent Jeffrey Farmer.

Two Men Cited for Using Oversized Shrimping Nets

Release Date: 11/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Nov. 1 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Michael Labat, Jr., 32, of St. Bernard, and his deckhand Allen Labat, 26, of Poydras, for using oversized butterfly nets.  Agents also cited Labat, Jr. for failing to display a vessel registration decal and not having boat numbers.

Agents were on patrol in Bayou Terre aux Boeufs in Delacroix, when they observed a vessel actively shrimping without proper boat numbers or registration decal on the side of the vessel.  Agents made contact with the subjects on board the vessel and observed the frames on the vessel’s butterfly rigging to be unusually large.

Agents measured the nets at 22 ½ feet horizontally and 10 feet 10 inches vertically for each net.  Double butterfly nets may not be more than 16 feet horizontally or 12 feet vertically for each net.  In addition they may not be mounted more than 24 inches from the side of the vessel.

Agents found the subjects in possession of 172 pounds of shrimp at the time of the stop, which were seized and sold.

Using oversized butterfly nets brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to have boat numbers and vessel registration decal each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Gernados, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Port Sulphur Man Arrested For Recreational Fishing Violations

Release Date: 10/31/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Port Sulphur man for alleged recreational fishing violations on Oct. 30 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Jonathan K. Ragas, 54, for intentional concealment of fish and taking undersized red drum and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish jail.

Agents made contact with Ragas while on patrol in the Port Sulphur area near Azalea Drive.  When agents approached Ragas he picked up a five-gallon bucket containing an unknown amount of red drum and threw them into the water.  The agents quickly grabbed the bucket and found it still contained two red drum under the legal limit of 16 inches.

Agents also found that Ragas is currently on five years of probation after he pled guilty in 2014 to his sixth count of harvesting oysters from a polluted area and public intimidation of an LDWF agent.

Intentional concealment of fish carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.   Ragas may also be assessed civil restitution totaling $52.94 for the replacement value of the two red drum.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

Illegal Oyster Harvesters Plead Guilty in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 10/18/2016

Four Terrebonne Parish people pled guilty and were sentenced in 32nd Judicial District Court in Terrebonne Parish on Oct. 13.

Judge Johnny Walker sentenced Zeth M. Lodrigue, 27, of Dulac, Tia C. Linson, 36, of Dulac, Damien L. Rel, 19, of Houma, and Anna C. Parfait, 20, of Bourg, for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease without written permission.  Each subject was fined $900 plus court costs and placed on probation for two years.

Each defendant can also only harvest oysters on a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system for one year.  Each defendant must also complete 40 hours of community service within 90 days.  The oyster harvester license for the captain, Lodrigue, was revoked for one year.  The vessel used in connection with the violation was forfeited to the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited the four subjects on May 13, 2016.  Agents found them illegally harvesting oysters from a private lease without permission in Trouble Bayou in lower Terrebonne Parish.  Agents seized 11 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Assistant District Attorney Seth Dodd prosecuted the case.  Agents participating in this case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Adam Tieben.

Two Otis Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 10/14/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Otis men for alleged deer hunting violations in Vernon Parish on Oct. 13.

Agents cited John E. Kosik, 25, and Jeffrey Pederson, 51, for possession of illegally taken deer and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.  Kosik was also charged with being over the daily bag limit of deer.

After receiving an anonymous tip about the over harvest of deer, agents began investigating Kosik.  Kosik admitted to agents that he killed three antlered deer on Oct. 11 in Vernon Parish.  The investigation also revealed that Pederson assisted Kosik by tagging one of the deer that was harvested by Kosik on Oct. 11.

Hunters are allowed to take one antlered or one antlerless deer a day putting Kosik over the daily bag limit by two antlered deer.  Agents seized the three deer and donated them to a local charity.

Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the daily limit of deer brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men could also face civil restitution totaling $5,282 for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Derek Ware and Lt. John Volentine.

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 10/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Kibodeaux, 45, of Lake Charles, from the Intracoastal Waterway near Willow Lake around 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.

A 26 year old female passenger was found alive clinging to a capsized flat bottom vessel by a passing tugboat around 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3.  She was then transported to a Lake Charles hospital where she is in critical condition.

LDWF agents along with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard searched the area for Kibodeaux’s body after receiving the distress call from the tugboat.

LDWF agents recovered the 15 foot flat bottom vessel.  The vessel appears to have had a severe head on collision with an unknown object that ejected Kibodeaux and the female passenger into the water.  Neither person was wearing a personal flotation device at the time of impact.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  Kibodeaux’s body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Winnsboro Man Cited for Possessing Over the Limit of Squirrels

Release Date: 10/03/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Winnsboro man for allegedly being over the daily bag limit of squirrels on Oct. 1 in Catahoula Parish.

Agents cited Landon L. Cotton, 36, after they found him in possession of 22 freshly harvested squirrels.  The daily bag limit is eight.

Agents were patrolling the Boeuf River area the opening morning of squirrel season when they came across a squirrel vest containing 22 harvested squirrels.  The agents took cover behind some trees and about 30 minutes later observed Cotton retrieve the squirrels.

When agents made contact with Cotton, he informed the agents that he harvested all 22 squirrels putting him 14 over the daily bag limit.  Agents seized the 22 squirrels and donated them to a local charity.

Over the limit of squirrels brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Cotton may also face civil restitution totaling $447.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent Kurt Hatten.

South Carolina Man Arrested for No Charter Guide License

Release Date: 09/30/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a South Carolina man for alleged charter fishing guide violations on Sept. 29 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested James Hough, 39, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for guiding a chartered fishing trip without a non-resident charter guide license.

Agents received several complaints that Hough was guiding chartered fishing trips in Louisiana without the proper license.  Hough also posted on social media as the captain of Flat Spot Charters and offering charter trips in the Delacroix area.

After the investigation, agents were able to determine that Hough conducted a guided fishing trip for profit on Sept. 29.  Agents seized four red drum in the case and donated them to a local charity.

Conducting a guided chartered fishing trip without a charter guide license carries a fine of up to a $950 and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.  Hough was booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Todd Laviolette and Ezekiel Talbert, Jr.

Fordoche Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Parish

Release Date: 09/27/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 25 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Ashton J. Prejean, 22, and James Scott 19, both of Fordoche, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light and possession of illegally taken deer.

Agents found Prejean and Scott in possession of an illegally taken four point buck.  During the investigation agents learned that the deer was taken several nights prior to the investigation with a crossbow and spotlight at night in the vicinity of Fordoche.

Agents seized a crossbow, spotlight and the deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Prejean and Scott could face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1624.61.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Channing Duvall and Tyler Smith.

Port Sulphur Man Arrested On Oyster Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 09/20/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Port Sulphur man for alleged commercial oyster violations on Sept. 19.

Agents arrested Nelson C. Williams III, 41, of Port Sulphur, for taking oysters from an unapproved area, taking oysters during illegal hours, unlawfully taking oyster from unleased state water bottoms, and violation of the state’s sanitation code for refrigeration.

Agents received a tip about Williams illegally harvesting oysters from an unapproved area and from unleased state water bottoms on April 22 around 1 a.m.  Agents arrived on scene and found Williams' vessel already at the Hi-Ridge Marina with 30 sacks of oysters on the vessel.

LDWF agents found a cell phone on the vessel and after obtaining a warrant had a forensic download performed where evidence was found linking Williams’ vessel to unapproved areas and unleased state water bottoms in the Grand Bayou area.

This is Williams’s third offense for taking polluted oysters from waters closed by Department of Health and Hospitals, which can carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Williams may also be have his oyster harvester license revoked for 10 years from the date of the third conviction, which would make him unable to be present on a vessel harvesting or processing oysters.

The penalty for taking oysters during illegal hours, from unleased state water bottoms, and violation of the state’s sanitation code for refrigeration each carries up to a $950 fine and 120 day in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Blaine Wagner.

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