NEW ORLEANS MAN CITED IN UNDERCOVER STING

Release Date: 10/22/2007

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a New Orleans man at his home in the 9th Ward on Oct. 17 for numerous wildlife and fisheries violations. 


Francesco Laplaca, 60, was the subject of a yearlong investigation conducted by the department's undercover section.  During the course of the year, undercover agents documented 14 violations which included; two counts of selling fish without a retail seafood dealers license, three counts of failure to maintain records, three counts of selling game fish, one count of selling deer meat, one count of violating red snapper rules and regulations, one count of buying fish without a wholesale/retail dealers license, one count of buying spotted sea trout from an unpermitted fisherman and one count of buying permitted species from an unpermitted fisherman.


According to the case agent, Laplaca's garage was set up like a fish market complete with scales, grocery bags and deep freezers.  He advertised the illegal fish and game around the 9th Ward with homemade fliers.  Laplaca would also drive his truck in and around New Orleans making deliveries of the illicit game and fish. 


If convicted on all counts, Laplaca's fines could be in excess of $8,000 with jail time for 720 days plus all court costs.


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