Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested two men and a juvenile on July 5 for alligator violations.
Agents cited Ryan H. Lam, 19, Ryan S. Crain, 19, and a 16-year-old juvenile, all from Covington, after receiving several complaints of alligators taken illegally in the Madisonville area.
Agents working an area known as the rice fields observed three people on board a flatboat without required running lights in the Tchefuncte River. Upon making contact with the two men and juvenile, the agents discovered one 16-inch and two 14-inch illegally taken alligators.
During questioning, agents discovered that while the three were bow fishing, Lam caught two of the alligators and the juvenile one. Agents then transported both men to the St. Tammany Parish jail and released the juvenile to the custody of his parents.
Lam was cited for taking alligators during a closed season, illegal possession of alligators, operating a vessel with an expired boat registration and without running lights. Crain was cited for taking alligators during a closed season, illegal possession of alligators and angling without a basic license. The juvenile was cited for taking alligators during a closed season and illegal possession of alligators.
The penalty for taking alligators during a closed season and illegal possession of alligators is a fine between $450-$900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both plus court costs for each violation. The penalty for expired boat registration, improper running lights and angling without a basic license is a fine of $50 for each offense.
In addition to seizing the alligators, agents also seized a 16-foot flatboat and 25-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor. Both men and the juvenile will be responsible for the civil restitution payment for the value of the illegally taken alligators.
Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Keith Francis, Lee Davis and Joel Cromp.
For more information, contact Lt. Eddie Laviolette at 225-765-2994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.