TWO ARRESTED FOR CRAB THEFT VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 02/21/2006

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two Iberia Parish men for crab trap violations on Jan. 31.


Jory Paul Bourque, 30, and Jay C. Colletti, 35, both from New Iberia were arrested for removing the contents of crab traps without the owners permission. Agents patrolling East Cote Blanche Bay near the Marsh Island Wildlife Management Area apprehended Bourque and Colletti after receiving complaints about them from other fishermen.  The agents watched the two remove crabs from traps that did not belong to them.


Bourque and Colletti were booked into the Iberia Parish jail and bond was set at $5,000 each.  The penalty for removing the contents from crab traps is a fine between $400-$750, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Keith Delahoussaye, Layne Picard and Lonnie Campbell, and Agent Justin Sonnier.


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