Release Date: 10/10/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited 12 Texas men on Sept. 28 for alleged oyster violations near East Cote Blanche in Iberia Parish.

Jose A. Perez Jr.,17, Martinez J. Perez, 46, Gregorio S. Rivas, 33, Juan H. Osornia, 38, Pedro A. Mortinez, 27, all from Bacliff, Texas, Lazarto Soto, 21, Luciano R Arjona, 34, Lucas A. Resendez, 38, all from Dickinson, Texas, Jose R. Cabrera, 36, Jose L. Osornia, 32, both from League City, Texas, Jose G. Amezola, 34, from Houston, Texas, and Juan A. Briceno, 31, of San Leon, Texas were all cited for taking oysters from an unapproved area designated as polluted grounds.

Agents were patrolling near East Cote Blanche area and saw four vessels dredging for oysters in a closed area designated as polluted.  Utilizing the department's GPS units, agents marked the location of the vessels.  The positions were relayed to the oyster survey section where the boats were found to be in a closed area confirmed by the Department of Health and Hospitals Molluscan Shellfish Program.

Agents seized and returned 123 sacks of oysters to the water.  The penalties for taking oysters from an unapproved area is a fine up to $750, imprisonment for not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sr. Agent Keith Dellahoussaye, Sr. Agent Lonnie Campbell, Agent Justin Sonnier and Agent Brody Roberts.

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