Enforcement

Des Allemands Man Found with Undersized and Over the Limit of Catfish

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Des Allemands man for alleged recreational catfish violations on Sept. 24.

Agents cited Kerry Fonseca, 48, for taking over the limit of catfish, possessing undersized catfish and for failing to display required navigation lights.

Agents observed Fonseca actively operating his vessel within Bayou Des Allemands around 7:45 p.m.  Agents immediately conducted a boating safety inspection as Fonseca failed to display proper navigation lights.

During inspection, agents identified a large crate of blue catfish within the vessel.  Fonseca had identified himself as a recreational fisherman and stated he recently fished trotlines to take catfish home to his family.

Agents found Fonseca in possession of 120 catfish of which 62 were under the 12 inch minimum length requirement.  The recreational limit for catfish is 100 fish per person, per day. In addition, recreational fishermen may possess undersized catfish not to exceed 25 fish. Agents seized the blue catfish and donated them to a local charity.

Possessing over the limit and undersized recreational catfish each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Improper or no running lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Fonseca may also be ordered to pay civil restitution for the replacement value of the fish totaling up to $100.

Agents participating in the case are Cpl. Kyle Wagner and Sr. Agent Chelsea Kling.

Castor Man Arrested for Drug Violations on Loggy Bayou WMA

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Castor man for alleged drug violations on Sept. 24 in Bienville Parish.

Agents arrested Christopher Lee, 43, for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and fishing without a basic fishing license.

Agents were on patrol on the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) when they spotted Lee.  During questioning, agents found that Lee had been fishing and tried to hide his fishing pole in the woods as the agents approached him.  Agents found the fishing pole and a meth pipe next to the pole.

During the arrest, agents found three bags of methamphetamine in Lee’s pocket and also learned he did not possess a basic fishing license.  Agents seized over six grams of methamphetamine, a drug pipe and $2,141 in cash.

Possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute brings up to a $50,000 fine and two to 30 years in prison.  Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Failing to possess a basic fishing license brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jared McIver and Agent Justin Greer.

Agents Cite Three Men for Possessing 189 Speckled Trout Over the Limit

Release Date: 09/26/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 24 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Alec Galliano, 30, of Galliano, Winston Hohensee, 76, of Larose, and Bo Boura, 31, of Galliano, for over the limit of speckled trout and possessing fish that weren’t kept intact while on the water.  Galliano was also cited for not possessing basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Agents were on patrol in Tidewater Canal near Leeville when they stopped a vessel with the three men on board to perform a creel and license check.  Agents noticed a handful of ice chests in the boat and found bags full of filleted fish inside.

Agents found a total of 478 filets of speckled trout, which put the men in possession of 239 speckled trout.  Since there were only two licensed fishermen on the vessel, the men were only allowed to possess up to 50 speckled trout while on the water.  It is also a violation to possess speckled trout that are not kept intact while on the water.

Agents seized the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Failing to keep speckled trout intact while on the water brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possessing 50 or more speckled trout over the limit carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and saltwater license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution for the illegally possessed fish totaling up to $7,000.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

Off Duty Agent Observes Two Metairie Men Taking Over the Limit and Undersized Fish

Release Date: 09/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two Metairie men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Sept. 16 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Jorge Cabrera, 26, and Juan Ciprian, 28, for possessing over the limit of black and red drum, possessing undersized black and red drum and possessing an undersized mangrove snapper.

LDWF Lt. Joseph Arnaud was off duty fishing in the area when he observed Cabrera and Ciprian fishing from the bank near Montegut taking undersized red and black drum.  Lt. Arnaud called the on duty agents to check on the two men’s catch.

LDWF agents were able to perform a creel check on the men and found them in possession of 31 red drum of which 29 were undersized, 13 black drum of which 10 were undersized and one undersized mangrove snapper.

Agents seized all the fish and donated them to a local charity.

Red and black drum each have a daily possession limit of five per person and the minimum size limit is 16 inches and not allowed to possess more than one over 27 inches.  Mangrove snapper must be at least 12 inches long.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized red and black drum, possessing undersized mangrove snapper and possessing over the limit of black drum each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each offense.  The men also face additional criminal fines totaling $1,250 for the undersized and over the limit of red drum.

The men may also be assessed civil restitution up to $850 for the replacement value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie, Senior Agent Thomas Wolf and Senior Agent Stephen Rhodes.

Chief of LDWF’s Enforcement Division Retiring

Release Date: 09/18/2017

Chief of LDWF’s Enforcement Division Retiring

After more than 27 years of service to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, Col. Joseph “Joey” Broussard has announced his retirement.

Broussard’s effective retirement date is Sept. 30.

“We certainly wish Col. Broussard the best on his retirement and really appreciate everything he has done for the department’s enforcement division,” said LDWF Secretart Jack Montoucet. “His leadership during our recent search and rescue operations in Texas and southwest Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey was textbook perfect and a shining example of what he has meant to this department.”

Broussard started his LDWF career in 1990 as a cadet in the second class that graduated from the LDWF Training Academy.  After graduating from the academy in 1991, Broussard worked as a field officer until 1996 making the rank of sergeant in 1994.

Broussard was transferred to LDWF Enforcement Headquarters in Baton Rouge in 1996 and put in charge of training, quartermaster and the freshwater mussel program while making the rank of lieutenant.

In 2000, Broussard was promoted to captain and given the additional duties of being in charge of the special operations.  A few years later he was promoted to major and put in charge of the coastal enforcement regions.  Broussard was then promoted to lieutenant colonel in 2011 overseeing the patrol aspects of the agents in the field.

When Col. Jeff Mayne retired in May of 2014, Col. Broussard was promoted to be the Chief of the LDWF Law Enforcement Division.

“I’m very happy to have served with a lot of great agents throughout my career and am proud of the job I’ve done to serve the people in this state,” said Col. Broussard.  “It has been a great career that I will always cherish, but now it is time to move on to the next phase of my life.”

LDWF will name a replacement for Col. Broussard soon.

LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Release Date: 09/11/2017

LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath
LDWF Agents Deploy to Florida to Assist with Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries deployed agents and assets to Florida to assist with search and rescue and security during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

LDWF sent 55 agents with 53 trucks, 50 vessels, a mobile command center and three support trailers to the Pensacola area yesterday, Sept. 10.  Upon arrival to Pensacola on Sept. 10, agents were then sworn in by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Division.

Agents will be staged in the Pensacola area until the storm moves north and it is safe to travel into the southern portions of the state.  LDWF Agents will be working in coordination with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement Division and the Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Law Enforcement Division during the duration of the aftermath.

Agents will remain in Florida until no longer needed.

Operation Game Thief Complaint Yields Polluted Oyster Violations Case

Release Date: 09/05/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited four subjects for alleged oyster violations on Sept. 4 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Micky J. Picou, 35, Rusty J. Authement, 29, both from Montegut; and Steve Leboeuf, 57, and Wiley J. Lebouef, 66, both from Chauvin; for taking oysters from a polluted area.

Agents were responding to an Operation Game Thief complaint of illegal oyster harvesters in polluted waters east of Tidewater Canal.

Agents located the subjects in the morning harvesting oysters from a polluted area.  Agents seized 13 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.  Agents also seized the vessel and dredges on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Richard Bean.

Two Vessel Collision Leads to Fatality in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 09/03/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident in Cameron Parish that occurred on Sept. 2.

A two vessel head on collision on Lake Calcasieu resulted in the death of Griffin LeBlanc, 11, of Broussard.

According to witnesses, LeBlanc was operating a personal watercraft with another 11-year-old boy as a passenger near Hebert’s Landing around 4:30 p.m.  LeBlanc and the boy were jumping another vessel’s wakes when they jumped into the path of another oncoming 22-foot vessel.

After the head on collision, the boys were ejected into the water.  LeBlanc’s personal flotation device (PFD) came off when he hit the water while the other boy’s PFD remained on his person.

The boy who was the passenger on the personal watercraft was retrieved from the water by a bystander and rushed to the shore and then taken by ambulance to Lake Charles Memorial hospital.  The boy is still in the hospital listed in serious condition and is expected to live.

Search and rescue teams arrived on scene and were able to retrieve the deceased body of LeBlanc around 10 p.m.  His body was turned over to the Cameron Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Agents suspect at this time that LeBlanc was not wearing a properly fitted and in good working condition PFD.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time for either operator involved in this incident.

LDWF along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.

LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 09/01/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued over 1,500 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents have rescued a total of 1,505 people and 177 pets to date in Texas and Louisiana from flooded waters caused by Hurricane Harvey.

LDWF agents working in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division have rescued 1,477 people and 175 pets rescued in Texas.  LDWF agents have also rescued 28 people and two pets in Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.  LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30 in the Port Arthur and Orange areas in Texas.  These crews rescued a total of 202 people and 47 pets from these areas.

The original 38 agents with trucks and vessels have been relieved of their duties in Texas and started heading home, this morning, Sept. 1.  Another five agents with trucks and vessels were called back to perform patrols along the Sabine River in Calcasieu Parish.

LDWF currently has 28 agents with 24 trucks and 24 vessels in the Orange, Texas area.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Release Date: 08/31/2017

LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana
LDWF Agents have Rescued 1,401 People in Texas and Louisiana

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents continue to conduct search and rescue missions in the flooded areas of Texas and Louisiana caused by Hurricane Harvey.  LDWF agents have rescued a total of 1,401 people and 159 pets to date including 1,373 people and 157 pets rescued from Texas and 28 people and two pets rescued from Louisiana.

LDWF sent 40 agents with 40 trucks and 40 vessels to the Houston and Katy areas on Aug. 26 and 27.  From Aug. 26 to Aug. 30, LDWF agents in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division were able to rescue 1,275 people and 128 pets in that time with LDWF vessels in the Houston and Katy areas in Texas.

On Aug. 30, LDWF redirected 38 of the original 40 agents with trucks and vessels to the Kirbyville and Deweyville areas in Texas.

LDWF also deployed an additional 33 agents with 29 trucks and 29 vessels to assist with search and rescue operations on Aug. 30.  These crews rescued 98 people with 29 pets from the Port Arthur area last night and will be in the Orange, Texas area today.

LDWF currently has 71 agents with 67 trucks and 67 vessels performing search and rescue missions in coordination with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement Division in Texas.

LDWF agents will remain in Texas until no longer needed.

LDWF agents have also rescued 26 people and two pets from Calcasieu Parish and two people from Sabine Parish in the state of Louisiana.

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