By Conor Harrison
Some people will go to great lengths to have a crab cake for dinner.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested and cited two Texas residents on Sept. 20 for crab theft and other fishing violations in Cameron Parish.
Agents arrested Jireh A. Slaughter, 21, and Tevvin T. Jones, 20, both of Orange, for theft of crabs; taking commercial fish without a license, without a gear license and without a vessel license; violating interstate commerce regulations; and resisting an officer by flight.
During August and September the LDWF Enforcement Division received numerous complaints of crab theft from several commercial fishermen fishing in Black Bayou in Cameron Parish. Agents responded by increasing patrols in this area assisted by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Marine Division deputies.
On Sept. 19, a commercial fisherman was watching his own crab traps and observed two men in a vessel stealing crabs from his traps. He contacted an enforcement agent but was observed by the men before agents were able to arrive. The men abandoned their vessel and dumped the harvested crabs in the marsh. The two men then left the vessel and hid in the marsh nearby.
When the agents arrived, they called out to the men to come out of hiding. More....