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St. Bernard Parish Men Pleaded Guilty to Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/13/2017

On March 9, 2017 three St. Bernard Parish fishermen pled guilty to commercial oyster fishing violations.

Tyler Campo, 24, of St. Bernard, Brian Cocchiara, 24, of Chalmette, and Nathan Molinary, 20, of Violet, pled guilty to one count each of unlawfully taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms and taking oysters during illegal hours.

Judge Kim Jones ordered the men to pay a fine of $800 each and serve 120 days in jail suspended.  The men can also only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system that is accessible to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents.  The oyster dredge that was seized was also forfeited to the state.

LDWF agents initially cited the men on Aug. 9, 2016 when they observed the men dredging for oysters in an area where they did not have permission and one hour before legal harvest was set to begin.

Prosecuting the case were members of District Attorney Perry Nicosia’s office.  Case agents were Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Jason Gernados.

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LDWF Agents Arrest Man Wanted for Sex Trafficking

Release Date: 02/27/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested a fugitive out of Orleans Parish on Feb. 26 in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Jean Luc Williams, 26, of New Orleans, for failing to have a boat registration onboard and for failing to complete the boating education requirements.

Agents were on patrol in St. Bernard Parish when they observed the subject fishing alone in his vessel along Violet Canal.  Agents conducted a boating safety compliance inspection and found that Williams did not possess a boat registration and did not complete the required boating education course.

After running a background check on Williams, agents were able to determine that Williams had an active warrant out for his arrest in Orleans Parish since October of 2016.  He was wanted for trafficking of children for sexual purposes.

Agents placed Williams under arrest and transported him to the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ed Ridgel III and Senior Agent Michael Marques Jr.

St. Bernard Man Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 02/16/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a St. Bernard man for alleged oyster violations on Feb. 14.

Agents cited Bruce Guerra III, 33, for using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground.

Agents observed Guerra fishing for oysters on the public seed ground in Drum Bay located within St. Bernard Parish.  Agents found him with 70 mini sacks of oysters on board his vessel.  The daily limit for the seed ground is 20 sacks, which is equivalent to 60 mini sacks.

Agents also found the teeth on his scrapers he was using to harvest oysters were 6 inches long.  Scrapers for use on a public seed ground may not be longer than 5 inches long.

Using an illegal scraper and taking over the limit of oysters on a public seed ground each bring a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Agents returned the 70 mini sacks of oysters to the public oyster seed ground in Drum Bay.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. David Nunez, Sgt. Charles Strain and Senior Agent Brett Nabors.

Two Men Booked for Illegally Selling Shrimp

Release Date: 02/14/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged commercial fish selling violations in Calcasieu Parish on Jan. 25.

Agents cited Kenny J. Menard, 45, of Rayne, and Jessie L. Dupuis Jr., 43, of Lafayette, for theft by fraudulent sales, selling shrimp without a retail seafood license and failing to maintain records.

Agents responded to a tip from two Hayes residents complaining about being shorted on shrimp they bought from two door to door shrimp salesmen on Jan. 25, 2017.

During the investigation, agents determined the two Hayes men were shorted about half of their agreed purchase amount of shrimp.  Agents were able to identify the sellers of the shrimp and found that the men were not licensed to sell shrimp.

On Feb. 8, agents secured arrest warrants for the two men.  Menard was arrested on Feb. 9 in Acadia Parish and is awaiting transport to Calcasieu Parish.  Dupuis Jr. turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish authorities on Feb. 13.

Theft by fraudulent sales carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  Failing to maintain records and selling shrimp without a retail seafood license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgts. Justin Sonnier and David Sanford.

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