Enforcement

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.

Father and Son Cited For Harvesting Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 02/23/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited a father and son near Pointe-aux-Chenes in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 20.

After receiving a complaint, Sgt. Bryan Marie observed Kenneth J. Naquin Jr., 28, of Montegut, and Kenneth J. Naquin Sr., 55, of Chauvin, harvesting oysters from an unapproved area.

Sgt. Marie seized and returned five sacks of oysters to the water.  He also seized the dredge and vessel.

Taking oysters from an unapproved area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized in connection with the violation.  The father and son could also have their oyster harvesting licenses suspended for a year and serve 40 hours community service.

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

AMENDED -Louisiana Oyster Task Force Public/Private Oyster Grounds Committee to Meet

Release Date: 02/20/2015

Amended content in bold.

10 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNO Advanced Technology Center, 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210, New Orleans 70122

 

AGENDA

 

I.  Call to Order

II. Continue Discussion of Framework development for potential Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) legislation

III. Public Comment 

IV. Adjourn

 

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.

Those interested in listening in to the meeting via Webinar or telephone register at  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/680499106166008321

 

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Ashley Roth, 504-286-4162 or aroth@wlf.la.gov

To sign up for LDWF Alerts sent as text messages and emails directly to your mobile device click   here.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, September 5, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Region 4 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Address: 

LDWF New Iberia Office
2415 Darnell Road
New Iberia, LA 70517

City: 
New Iberia
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

**Amended**Three Louisiana Men Charged with Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 02/13/2015

*Amendment of press release in bold

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations in St. Helena Parish on Feb. 12.

Agents cited Walter Prine, 20, of Denham Springs, Aaron Morris, 20, of Denham Springs, and Stefan Reynolds, 25, of Gonzales, for harvesting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours, from a moving vehicle, from a public road, possession of illegally taken deer and failing to follow deer tagging requirements.

After an investigation, agents learned that the three men were in the Kentwood area of St. Helena Parish between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Feb. 1.  During which time they shot and killed five deer from various roadways.  The deer were then transported to a residence in Ascension Parish.  Agents found that no effort was made to clean or butcher the deer.

Agents seized a 12-gauge shotgun in this case.  Agents had to dispose of the deer since they were not fit for human consumption.

Harvesting a deer during a closed season and taking a deer during illegal hours each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a moving vehicle and failing to follow deer tagging requirements each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The men could also face civil restitution in excess of $8,000 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Lt, Will Roberts, Senior Agent Ronnie Robbins and Sgt. Toby Miller.

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

Syndicate content