BOATING SAFETY STOP PRODUCES STOLEN BOAT, DRUGS AND WEAPONS CHARGES

Release Date: 06/26/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division senior agents arrested two Louisiana men after a boating safety stop on the Amite River in Ascension Parish at 1:27 p.m. on June 11.  


The agents stopped Ronnie Lee Shirah, 46, of Port Vincent and John Dwayne Minks, 38, of Livingston, after observing an expired registration decal on their vessel.  After subsequent investigation, the agents determined that the vessel was reported stolen and found drug and weapons violations.
  
Shirah and Minks were each arrested for felony possession of stolen property, and illegal possession of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana. Minks was also cited for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Shirah was issued a citation for an expired boat registration certificate.  Each man was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on a $46,000 bond.


Illegal possession of stolen property worth $500 or more is punishable by imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for up to ten years, or may be fined up to $3,000 or both.  Illegal possession of methamphetamine is punishable by imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for up to five years and may be sentenced to pay a fine of up to $5,000.  First offense illegal possession of drug paraphernalia is punishable by a fine up to $500, or imprisonment up to six months or both.  First offense illegal possession of marijuana is punishable by a fine up to $500, or imprisonment in the parish jail for up to six months or both. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor between 10 and 15 years without the benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence and a fine between $1,000 and $5,000.  The penalty for an expired boat registration certificate is a fine of $50, or imprisonment up to 15 days or both.


Senior agents William Roberts and Jody Moreau participated in the case.


For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.
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