L.D.W.F AGENTS MAKE FELONY ARREST ON THREE RIVERS W.M.A.

Release Date: 02/26/2008

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested Daniel Austin Stein, 21, and Thomas Dane Henson, 21, both of Baton Rouge, on Feb. 16, for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and drug violations. 


While on patrol, agents observed a vehicle located on an all-terrain vehicle only (ATV) trail on Three Rivers WMA in Concordia Parish.  When agents made contact with Henson and Stein, they found them to be in possession of a substance suspected to be marijuana. 


Both individuals were also charged with possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana, possession of illegal firearms and camping in an undesignated camping area.  Stein was also charged with using somebody else's recreational hunting license, hunting without a basic hunting license, hunting without a WMA hunting permit and resisting an officer.  Henson was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  If convicted of possession of marijuana, it would constitute Henson's second conviction for this offense.


Agents seized a 30-30 rifle, a .44 caliber rifle and alleged marijuana for evidence.


First offense possession of marijuana carries a maximum penalty of $500, jail time up to six months, or both, plus court costs.  Second offense possession of marijuana carries a fine up to $2,000, jail time up to five years, or both, plus court costs. 


Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries a fine up to $10,000 and jail time up to 10 years.  Resisting an officer carries a fine up to $500, jail time up to six months, or both, plus court costs.  Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a fine up to $5,000, and jail time up to 15 years. 


Hunting without a basic hunting license carries a $50 fine, up to 15 days in jail, or both.  Hunting on WMA without a WMA hunting permit and failure to abide by WMA rules and regulations each carry a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.  Using somebody else's recreational hunting license carries a fine up to $500, jail time up to 90 days, or both, plus court costs. 


Agents participating in the case were Senior Agents Charles Ferrington and Trey Mason, and Sgt. Russ Kiser.


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


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