ATCHAFALAYA BASIN SEAFOOD OWNERS PLEAD GUILTY
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
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.