Enforcement

Six Pierre Part Men Cited for Gill Net Violations

Release Date: 03/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men for alleged gill net violations on March 19 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited Roger Gros, 62, Brent Zeller, 57, Gary Cutchall, 54, William Shirah, 43, Ricky Daley, 48, and Randy Hebert, 43, all of Pierre Part, for leaving gill nets unattended.  Agents also cited Gros for failing to have required markings on the gill nets.

Agents were on patrol on Lake Verrett in the morning of March 19 when they located several unattended shad gill nets.  Agents then observed the subjects travel by vessel and begin tending to the nets.

While commercially fishing a shad gill net the fisherman must remain within two hundred feet of the net at all times.  Each end of the shad gill net must also have a one gallon jug painted international orange having the fisherman’s name, commercial license number and “shad, gill net” written on the jug.

Leaving gill nets unattended and failing to have the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson, and Senior Agent Jake Darden

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

LDWF Agents Cite Eight Men for Oyster Harvesting Violations

Release Date: 03/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited eight people for alleged oyster harvesting violations on March 8 in two separate cases.

Agents cited Juan Martinez, 53, of Bacliff, Texas, Mariano Resendez, 39, of San Leon, Texas, and Shirley Hebert, 40, of Franklin, for oyster sanitation violations south of Marsh Island Refuge.  Hebert was also cited for oyster logbook and refrigeration violations.  Agents returned 50 sacks of oysters to the water.

Agents later cited Leonardo F. Vega, 36, Jose Cardenas-Arrendondo, 32, Antonio C. Aguado, 59, Antonio C. Aguado Jr., 32, and Ricardo C. Rodriguez, 39, all residing in Houma, for oyster refrigeration requirements.

Agents observed the five men harvesting oysters earlier in the day in Vermilion Bay north of Southwest Pass.  The five men then attempted to offload the oysters at a dock in Intracoastal City without refrigerating the oysters within the proper time frame.  Agents seized 170 sacks of oysters that were intended for raw consumption and returned them to the water.

Violating oyster refrigeration regulations carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating oyster sanitation regulations and failing to maintain oyster harvesting logbook each brings a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Sgt. Justin Sonnier and Agent Nathan Vanya.

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

Thibodaux Man Sentenced as Repeat Duck Hunting Offender

Release Date: 03/11/2015

Two Louisiana Men pleaded guilty in Federal Court on March 10 in Orleans Parish for duck hunting violations that occurred in 2014.

Judge Joseph Wilkinson Jr. sentenced Lloyd Badeaux, 67, of Thibodaux, and Bobby Chauvin, 76, of Theriot, to each pay a $560 fine for violating non-toxic shot requirements while duck hunting.  Badeaux was also sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for violating his hunting ban from a previous hunting conviction.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents first cited Badeaux for taking over the limit of ducks in January of 2012 in Terrebonne Parish.  Agents found Badeaux 48 black bellied whistling ducks over his daily limit.  Badeaux pleaded guilty to the charge in April of 2013 and was fined $5,010 and placed on three years of probation with no hunting.

Prior to the opening of the 2014/15 migratory game bird season, LDWF agents with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents received information that Badeaux would be duck hunting on opening weekend.  On Nov. 15, 2014, LDWF and USFWS agents set up surveillance where Badeaux was thought to be hunting in Terrebonne Parish near Dularge.

The agents found Badeaux actively hunting ducks in a duck blind and made contact with him and Chauvin.  Agents found that both subjects were in possession of lead shot shotgun shells while hunting migratory game birds.

Agents cited both men for violating non-toxic shot requirements.  Badeaux was also cited for violations of his federal probation.

Agents involved in the case were LDWF Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, and Senior Agents Dean Aucoin, Stephen Rhodes and Thomas Wolf.

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

Two Men Cited for Changing Freshness Dates on Seafood Packages

Release Date: 03/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged commercial seafood labeling violations on March 4 in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited Sean Delaune, 26, of New Orleans, for misbranding seafood packages and Thomas Smith, 49, of Darien, Georgia, for conspiring to misbrand seafood packages.  Agents seized 14,850 pounds of mahi-mahi filets from the men.

During an inspection of the Gulf Atlantic Fisheries seafood wholesalers in New Orleans, agents observed packages of mahi-mahi filets being repacked from one bag labeled for retail sale into another bag labeled for retail sale.  Further inspection of the two bags showed the major difference between the bags was the "best by" dates.

The bags that had the mahi mahi filets had a best by date of  September of 2013 being repackaged into bags with May of 2016 best by dates.

Louisiana law prohibits acts that are falsely represented using any mark, stamp, tag, label or other authorized information.

Misbranding seafood brings up to a $1,000 fine and up to one year of imprisonment.  Conspiring to misbrand seafood brings up to a $500 fine and up to six months of imprisonment.  Further punishment is the loss of the product that totaled 14,850 pounds of mahi mahi filets.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Edward Ridgel, Sr. Agents Michael Williams and Michael Marques and Lt. Louis Burnett.  Further citations may be pending.

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

Region 6 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Address: 

Larose Civic Center
307 E. 5th St.
Larose, LA 70373

City: 
Larose
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

LDWF Agents Arrest Man In Connection with Cut Down Trees on Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 03/06/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Hessmar man this morning, March 6, for his alleged involvement in the cutting down of trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Avoyelles Parish.

After conducting their investigation and receiving an anonymous tip, agents arrested Rick K. Savoy, 48, at his residence for criminal damage to state property.  He was also arrested for operating an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) off of a WMA ATV trail, not complying with WMA self-clearing permit regulations and interference with navigation.

LDWF found up to 100 trees cut down on the WMA since early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.  The trees blocked all three entrances to an area known as the “Bean Field” in the northwest corner of the WMA.

The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF agents booked Savoy into the Avoyelles Parish Jail in Marksville.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

Operating an ATV off of a WMA ATV trail and failing to comply with self-clearing permit WMA regulations each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Interference with navigation carries a $50 fine and to 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. John Volentine, Sgts. Gabe Guidry, Chad Watts and Bear Fletcher, and Senior Agents Doug Anderson Jr., Jay Callegari, Heath Wood, Kurt Hatten, Dale Wheat, Kenny Robertson and John Hattaway.  Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Smith and Detective Jeremiah Honea also assisted in the case.

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

New Iberia Man Charged with Illegal Killing of Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 03/05/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a New Iberia man for allegedly killing a Louisiana black bear on Feb. 28 in St. Mary Parish.

Agents received a call from a hunting group that Richard A. Picard Jr., 52, illegally shot and killed a Louisiana black bear while he was hog hunting.

Picard Jr. was hog hunting with a group of hunters near Cypremort Point when he shot a 350 pound Louisiana Black Bear.  Picard Jr. claims to have mistakenly identified the black bear as a wild hog.

He shot the five year old male bear with buckshot from his 12 gauge shotgun.  Agents seized Picard Jr.’s shotgun and issued him a citation for killing the bear.

Killing a Louisiana Black Bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Picard Jr. also faces up to $10,000 civil restitution for the replacement value of the black bear.

Hunters are advised to always identify their targets before pulling the trigger for any wildlife they may be hunting.

Agents involved in the care are Senior Agent Joey Thompson, Senior Agent Jake Darden, Senior Agent Jason Marks and Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder.

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

Mississippi Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Personal Watercraft

Release Date: 03/05/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Mississippi man for alleged possession of stolen property on March 3.

Agents arrested Donald Juan, 36, of Picayune, Miss., after finding him in possession of two stolen personal watercrafts and a trailer that belonged to a New Orleans man.

The personal watercrafts and trailer were reported stolen in the summer of 2013.  LDWF agents received an anonymous tip that the stolen watercrafts were located in Slidell in St. Tammany Parish in February of 2015.

After further investigation, agents were able to trace the personal watercrafts back to Juan.  Agents booked him into the St. Tammany Parish Jail and seized the personal watercrafts and trailer.

It is unknown at this time who was responsible for stealing the personal watercrafts and trailer in 2013.  Agents believe that Juan fully knew they were stolen when he acquired the stolen property.

Possession of stolen property brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marquez and Mike Williams.

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

Two Men Arrested for Oyster Violations and Drug Charges in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 02/27/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Chalmette men for alleged oyster harvesting and drug violations on Feb. 25 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents arrested Oliver Rudesill Jr, 33, and Tracy Gallardo Jr., 23, for several oyster, boating safety and drug violations after a boating safety inspection.

After observing a large skiff come into the Reggio Marina with improper running lights, LDWF agents performed a boating safety inspection.  During the inspection, agents found 28 sacks of oysters and learned that Rudesill Jr. is on probation until May of 2016 because of prior oyster harvesting violations.  Agents also learned that Rudesill Jr. did not have a working Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that was part of his probation.

Rudesill Jr. also did not fill out an oyster harvesters log sheet for that day’s harvest.  Additionally, the vessel did not have a valid commercial vessel license, was not equipped with a tarp as per Department of Health and Hospitals regulations and did not have a proper identification number visible from the air.  Agents also found the sacks of oysters were not properly tagged.  Rudesill Jr. also did not have the proper amount of personal flotation devices, a vessel registration, a working fire extinguisher or navigation lights.

During the interview process, agents found Gallardo in possession of oxycodone, suboxone and drug paraphernalia.

Agents seized and returned the 28 sacks of oysters to the water.  Both subjects were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail with the assistance of St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents.

Violating the VMS guidelines carries a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of untagged oysters and taking commercial fish without a vessel license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating sanitation code for not having a tarp and logbook violation each carries a $25 fine and 10 days in jail.

No vessel registration, failing to display proper numbers on a vessel, failing to comply with PFD requirements, no fire extinguisher and improper running lights each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Possession of oxycodone and suboxone each carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agents Jason Gernados and Brett Nabors and Agent Blaine Wagner.

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

Monroe Man Cited for Cutting Down Trees on Ouachita WMA

Release Date: 02/25/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Ouachita Parish resident for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) violations on the Ouachita WMA.

Agents cited John Johnson, 63, of Monroe, for criminal damage to state property, intentional littering, hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position.

Agents observed Johnson returning from a deer hunt on Jan. 31 on the Ouachita WMA, which was closed for deer hunting for the youth waterfowl hunt.  Agents observed Johnson discard plastic bottles on the ground and leave his deer stand in a hunting position from a few days prior.

Upon further investigation, Johnson admitted to agents that he cut 14 trees down along with 79 limbs in various sizes and diameters to clear a shooting lane.  Agents cited him for criminal damage to state property on Feb. 15.

Cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage to state property and carries a fine up to $10,000 and up to 10 years in jail.  Johnson may also face a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees.

Hunting deer out of season and leaving a deer stand in a hunting position on a WMA each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering brings a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Agents involved with the case are Lt. Lane Kincaid, Lt. Thomas Risser, Sgt. Scott Bullitt and Agent Joshua Harris.

LDWF is still investigating and seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA in Avoyelles Parish.  LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the Spring Bayou WMA since early December of 2014.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees on the Spring Bayou WMA should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

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

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