Release Date: 10/10/2006

Patrick Adam Arcemont, 29, of New Iberia pled guilty and was sentenced in Iberia Parish court by 23rd Judicial District Court Judge Gerard Wattigny for commercial fishing violations on Sept. 28.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents set up surveillance on Lake Penuir after receiving numerous reports of nighttime theft from crab traps by commercial crab fisherman.  The local fishermen also advised agents that their daily catches had drastically been reduced and they attributed this to the night theft. 

On April 13, at approximately 10 p.m., agents apprehended Arcemont while he was checking other commercial crab fishermen's traps and taking the crabs from the traps.  Arcemont was cited for tending crab traps during illegal hours, removing contents without the permission of a licensee and not having a recreational gear license for crab traps. 

Arcemont pled guilty to all three charges and was ordered to pay $925 in fines. Arcemont was also placed on one year supervised probation and must serve 10 days in the Iberia Parish Jail.

Prosecuting the case for the state was Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton.  Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Gene Viator, Senior Agent Lonnie Campbell and Agent Buddy Murray.

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