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LDWF Agents and APCO Deputies Searching for Crawfish Burglar

Release Date: 03/27/2015

Cary G. Bastian is wanted for stealing crawfish.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a Rayne man.  He is wanted in connection with simple burglary at a crawfish dock that occurred early Thursday morning, March 26, on Hwy. 35 south of Rayne.

The APCO and LDWF responded to the 5200 block of Abbeville Hwy. at approximately 3:30 a.m. following a report of a burglary in progress.

When APCO deputies and LDWF agents arrived they learned that the suspect, identified as Cary Gordon Bastian, 28, fled the scene heading south in a white Camaro.  LDWF agents advised that Bastian headed toward the Vermilion and Lafayette Parish line traveling at speeds well over 100 mph.

During the investigation agents and deputies learned that the owner had a person hiding on the premises all evening in an attempt to identify the suspect responsible for stealing crawfish from the owner.  The owner was noticing sacks of crawfish missing from an outside cooler that was locked.  According to the witness Bastian was observed loading six bags of crawfish into the trunk of his Camaro prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

Warrants of arrests have been issued for Bastian of the 15900 block of Gordon Road in Rayne.  Bastian is being charged with one count of simple burglary, one count of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and one count of aggravated flight from an officer.  District Judge John Trahan set bond at $21,000.

An attempt was made later in the day to apprehend Bastian, but he fled into a wooded area near his home in Vermilion Parish.  Please contact the Acadia or Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Offices or LDWF at 1-800-442-2511 if you know of Bastian's whereabouts.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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Sorrento Man Cited for Turkey Violations

Release Date: 03/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Sorrento man for alleged turkey violations this morning, March 24 in East Feliciana Parish.

Agents cited Keanon R. Dickey, for hunting turkeys during a closed season, over a baited area and criminal trespassing.

Agents received an anonymous tip about someone trespassing on private property without permission.  Agents setup surveillance off of Caruth Road near Wilson and observed Dickey walk on to the private property and to a hunting spot.  Agents also listened to Dickey make calls to entice turkeys closer to his spot.

After making contact with Dickey, agents noticed the field he was hunting over was baited with cracked corn.

Turkey season doesn’t open until March 28 statewide on private lands.

Hunting turkeys during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each count.  Hunting turkeys over bait carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Trespassing on private property brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Will Roberts and Senior Agent Terry Hicks.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Cite Lockport Man for Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/24/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Lockport man on March 19 for alleged recreational fishing violations.

Agents cited Arthur Freeman, 51, for possessing red snapper during a closed season.  The red snapper season opened on March 20.

Agents were patrolling the Grand Isle docks when they stopped Freeman’s boat shortly after he unloaded his commercial catch for the day.  During the inspection, agents found a few coolers containing 34 red snapper.

Freeman claimed the red snapper were left over from the sale and he was going to take them home for personal consumption.  Agents seized the fish.

Possessing red snapper during a closed season brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Freeman may also face civil restitution of $975 for the replacement value of the fish.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Three Men Cited for Shark Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/23/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged commercial shark fishing violations off the coast of Grand Isle on March 21.

Agents cited Daie Minh Le, 42, of Buras, Hung Van Le V, 38, of New Orleans, and Thanh Van Le, 52, of Buras, for over the limit of large coastal sharks.

Agents were on patrol and found the men still actively fishing and already in possession of 74 large coastal sharks.  Most of the sharks were black tip sharks with one hammerhead shark.  The limit for large coastal sharks is 36 per day.

Over the limit of large coastal sharks carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The illegal fish were seized and sold for market value.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, Senior Agent Adam Tieben and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Three Men Cited for Shark Fishing Violations

Release Date: 03/23/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged commercial shark fishing violations off the coast of Grand Isle on March 21.

Agents cited Daie Minh Le, 42, of Buras, Hung Van Le V, 38, of New Orleans, and Thanh Van Le, 52, of Buras, for over the limit of large coastal sharks.

Agents were on patrol and found the men still actively fishing and already in possession of 74 large coastal sharks.  Most of the sharks were black tip sharks with one hammerhead shark.  The limit for large coastal sharks is 36 per day.

Over the limit of large coastal sharks carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The illegal fish were seized and sold for market value.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Nicholas Guillory, Senior Agent Adam Tieben and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Six Pierre Part Men Cited for Gill Net Violations

Release Date: 03/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men for alleged gill net violations on March 19 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited Roger Gros, 62, Brent Zeller, 57, Gary Cutchall, 54, William Shirah, 43, Ricky Daley, 48, and Randy Hebert, 43, all of Pierre Part, for leaving gill nets unattended.  Agents also cited Gros for failing to have required markings on the gill nets.

Agents were on patrol on Lake Verrett in the morning of March 19 when they located several unattended shad gill nets.  Agents then observed the subjects travel by vessel and begin tending to the nets.

While commercially fishing a shad gill net the fisherman must remain within two hundred feet of the net at all times.  Each end of the shad gill net must also have a one gallon jug painted international orange having the fisherman’s name, commercial license number and “shad, gill net” written on the jug.

Leaving gill nets unattended and failing to have the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson, and Senior Agent Jake Darden

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Agents Cite Eight Men for Oyster Harvesting Violations

Release Date: 03/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited eight people for alleged oyster harvesting violations on March 8 in two separate cases.

Agents cited Juan Martinez, 53, of Bacliff, Texas, Mariano Resendez, 39, of San Leon, Texas, and Shirley Hebert, 40, of Franklin, for oyster sanitation violations south of Marsh Island Refuge.  Hebert was also cited for oyster logbook and refrigeration violations.  Agents returned 50 sacks of oysters to the water.

Agents later cited Leonardo F. Vega, 36, Jose Cardenas-Arrendondo, 32, Antonio C. Aguado, 59, Antonio C. Aguado Jr., 32, and Ricardo C. Rodriguez, 39, all residing in Houma, for oyster refrigeration requirements.

Agents observed the five men harvesting oysters earlier in the day in Vermilion Bay north of Southwest Pass.  The five men then attempted to offload the oysters at a dock in Intracoastal City without refrigerating the oysters within the proper time frame.  Agents seized 170 sacks of oysters that were intended for raw consumption and returned them to the water.

Violating oyster refrigeration regulations carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating oyster sanitation regulations and failing to maintain oyster harvesting logbook each brings a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Sgt. Justin Sonnier and Agent Nathan Vanya.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Thibodaux Man Sentenced as Repeat Duck Hunting Offender

Release Date: 03/11/2015

Two Louisiana Men pleaded guilty in Federal Court on March 10 in Orleans Parish for duck hunting violations that occurred in 2014.

Judge Joseph Wilkinson Jr. sentenced Lloyd Badeaux, 67, of Thibodaux, and Bobby Chauvin, 76, of Theriot, to each pay a $560 fine for violating non-toxic shot requirements while duck hunting.  Badeaux was also sentenced to serve 30 days in jail for violating his hunting ban from a previous hunting conviction.

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents first cited Badeaux for taking over the limit of ducks in January of 2012 in Terrebonne Parish.  Agents found Badeaux 48 black bellied whistling ducks over his daily limit.  Badeaux pleaded guilty to the charge in April of 2013 and was fined $5,010 and placed on three years of probation with no hunting.

Prior to the opening of the 2014/15 migratory game bird season, LDWF agents with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) agents received information that Badeaux would be duck hunting on opening weekend.  On Nov. 15, 2014, LDWF and USFWS agents set up surveillance where Badeaux was thought to be hunting in Terrebonne Parish near Dularge.

The agents found Badeaux actively hunting ducks in a duck blind and made contact with him and Chauvin.  Agents found that both subjects were in possession of lead shot shotgun shells while hunting migratory game birds.

Agents cited both men for violating non-toxic shot requirements.  Badeaux was also cited for violations of his federal probation.

Agents involved in the case were LDWF Sgt. Thomas Dewitt, and Senior Agents Dean Aucoin, Stephen Rhodes and Thomas Wolf.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Cited for Changing Freshness Dates on Seafood Packages

Release Date: 03/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged commercial seafood labeling violations on March 4 in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited Sean Delaune, 26, of New Orleans, for misbranding seafood packages and Thomas Smith, 49, of Darien, Georgia, for conspiring to misbrand seafood packages.  Agents seized 14,850 pounds of mahi-mahi filets from the men.

During an inspection of the Gulf Atlantic Fisheries seafood wholesalers in New Orleans, agents observed packages of mahi-mahi filets being repacked from one bag labeled for retail sale into another bag labeled for retail sale.  Further inspection of the two bags showed the major difference between the bags was the "best by" dates.

The bags that had the mahi mahi filets had a best by date of  September of 2013 being repackaged into bags with May of 2016 best by dates.

Louisiana law prohibits acts that are falsely represented using any mark, stamp, tag, label or other authorized information.

Misbranding seafood brings up to a $1,000 fine and up to one year of imprisonment.  Conspiring to misbrand seafood brings up to a $500 fine and up to six months of imprisonment.  Further punishment is the loss of the product that totaled 14,850 pounds of mahi mahi filets.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Edward Ridgel, Sr. Agents Michael Williams and Michael Marques and Lt. Louis Burnett.  Further citations may be pending.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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