L.D.W.F. STOPS ILLEGAL SALVAGE OPERATION

Release Date: 04/03/2006

2006-102


Enforcements Division agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) executed two search warrants on March 17 in eastern St. Tammany Parish after an investigation revealed an illegal salvage operation of abandoned boats left over from Hurricane Katrina.


Dennis L. Good, 45, of Slidell was arrested and charged with nine counts of unauthorized use of a movable watercraft after he allegedly removed numerous jet skis and pleasure boats from eastern St. Tammany Parish marshes and waterways.  The vessels were removed without owner knowledge or permission.  It was also learned that Good conducted the alleged salvage operation without permits secured from any municipal, parish, state or federal authority. 


A total of nine vessels were seized in accordance with the search warrants, which included three jet skis and six pleasure vessels that ranged in size from 16 to 30 feet.


If convicted on all nine counts of unauthorized use of a movable watercraft, Good could face fines up to $45,000 and 45 years in prison.


Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Lee Davis, Richard Clark, Joel Cromp and Robert Larson, Sgts. Darryl Galloway and Charles Strain,
and Lt. Eddie Laviolette.



EDITORS: For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov.