EUNICE MEN ARRESTED FOR ALLIGATOR VIOLATIONS

Release Date: 06/19/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two men on June 11 for alleged alligator violations near Eunice in St. Landry Parish.


Jay Farque, 29, and Randy Koseck, 28, both of Eunice were arrested for stealing alligators and selling the meat.


Agents acting on a complaint set up surveillance at a local business and apprehended Koseck as he attempted to sell the alligators. Farque was arrested at a local seafood dealer where he was the driver of a seafood delivery truck.   Agents seized 378 pounds of stolen alligators and returned them to the dealer.


Farque and Koseck were booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail and charged with theft of alligators, selling seafood without a retail seafood dealer's license and failure to maintain required records of all alligator transactions. 


The penalty for theft of an alligator is a fine up to $2,000, or jail time with or without hard labor up to two years or both.  Selling seafood without a retail dealer's license and failure to maintain required records of all alligator transactions each carry fines ranging from $250 to $500, jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court costs.


Agents participating in the case were Sgts. Travis Huval and Chris Carpenter, and Agent Lance Devillier


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