Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents arrested two men on Aug. 11, for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.
Agents arrested Shane Rogers, 32, and Terryl Perez, 27, both from Lafitte for theft of crab traps, illegal removal of the contents of crab traps, harassment of a legal fisherman and intentional littering.
Agents investigated the two men after being shown photos of the men in the Bay Round area of Plaquemines Parish cutting the corks off crab traps. The men would replace the cut corks with their own and then throw the original fishermen’s corks in the water.
After looking at the photos, agents conducted interviews where the men admitted to cutting the other fisherman’s corks. Agents then secured warrants for the men and booked in the Jefferson Parish Jail waiting to transfer to Plaquemines Parish.
Theft of crab traps and illegal removal of contents of crab traps carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense. Harassment of a person lawfully fishing carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Mike Marques and Agent Kyle Wagner.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.