Release Date: 04/18/2006

On April 5, Enforcement Division agents of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries recovered a vessel reported lost during Hurricane Katrina in the Bayou Chauvin area of Terrebonne Parish.

Agents on routine patrol in Terrebonne Parish encountered a local commercial crabber identified as Dempsey G. Jackson Jr., 39, of Chauvin.  During inspection of the required licenses, agents determined that Jackson did not possess the required commercial vessel license for the boat.  Using a partial hull identification number and a 2006 state registration validation decal, agents were able to identify the vessel as having been lost during Hurricane Katrina. 

Agents questioned Jackson how he acquired the vessel, and he claimed to have purchased the vessel from a FEMA work crew in the Chauvin area after Hurricane Rita.  Jackson was cited for possession of stolen property and commercial fish without a commercial vessel license.

If convicted of possession of stolen property, Jackson faces the possibility of imprisonment for up to two years with or without hard labor, or may be fined up to $2,000 or both.  If convicted of possession of commercial fish without a commercial vessel license, he faces $250-$500 in fines, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.

The vessel in question was seized as evidence and is being held pending disposition of the case.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Chuck Comeaux and Sgt. Richard Purvis.

For more information contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or