Release Date: 01/09/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Jesse William Stanley, 18, of Stilwell, Okla., and William Casey Martin, 23, of Ferriday, on Dec. 28, for alleged night hunting and drug violations.

After arriving at the location of a complaint, agents made contact with Stanley and Martin.  During their investigation, agents found a .22 caliber rifle which had been thrown into a ditch.  The men later admitted to shooting a deer.  Agents also discovered suspected marijuana.

Stanley and Martin were booked into jail at the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and illegal possession of marijuana.

One headlight, a .22 caliber rifle and one suspected marijuana cigarette were seized as evidence.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a fine up to $950, or jail not more than 120 days, or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail not more than 60 days, or both plus court costs.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a fine up to $500, or jail not more than 90 days, or both plus court costs.  The penalty for first offense possession of marijuana is a fine up to $500, jail for not more than six months, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Agent Chris Hoag and Agent Joseph Merrill.

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