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Atchafalaya Basin Seafood Owners Plead Guilty
Category: Enforcement
Date: 2/20/2002
Source: LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries



Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement Division’s Special Investigations Unit closed one of its cases on Feb. 14, when the owners of Atchafalaya Basin Seafood entered pleas of guilty to multiple record violations. Carrol B. Snyder, 40, and Larry J. Martinez Jr., 39, both of Krotz Springs and Atchafalaya Basin Seafood, had been charged with forgery and filing false public records.

Judge Wilson Fields, of the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, ordered each defendant to pay $3,000, sentenced them to six-months imprisonment and a two-year commercial license revocation. The jail sentences and license revocations where suspended as a condition of a one year supervised probation. If either defendant receives a Class 2 or greater wildlife or fisheries violation, their probation will be revoked.

In addition to the individuals’ guilty pleas, the corporation (Atchafalya Basin Seafood) was convicted and ordered to pay $2000. Its commercial licenses were also revoked for two years. The license revocation was suspended as a condition of a two-year probation, provided that it not violate any Class 2 or greater Wildlife and Fishery statute.

Wildlife agents Sgt. Jay Diez, Sr. Agent Louis Burnett and Sr. Agent Sean Green developed the case by executing multiple search warrants, which resulted in the seizure of the seafood company's business records and identification of over 1.1 million pounds of fisheries information that was not reported.

"Fisheries information reported by dealers and fisherman are essential to the adequate management of the natural resources of our state. Falsely reporting information damages management efforts, hurts our state’s commercial industries and threatens our resource’s future,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF Enforcement Division administrator.

"These convictions result from the hard work of several of our wildlife agents and the appointment of LDWF attorney Craig Lamendola, by East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Doug Moreau, as an assistant district attorney to prosecute certain wildlife cases," said Capt. Jeff Mayne, who initiated the arrangement with the district attorney.

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