CHALMETTE, LA (WVUE) - Two Chalmette men have been arrested for alleged oyster harvesting and drug violations in St. Bernard Parish.
Agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries arrested Oliver Rudesill Jr, 33, and Tracy Gallardo Jr., 23, for several oyster, boating safety and drug violations after a boating safety inspection. The pair was arrested on February 25.
After observing a large skiff come into the Reggio Marina with improper running lights, agents say they performed a boating safety inspection. During the inspection, agents say they found 28 sacks of oysters and learned that Rudesill was on probation until May of 2016 because of prior oyster harvesting violations.
Agents also learned that Rudesill did not have a working Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) that was part of his probation.
Officials claim Rudesill also did not fill out an oyster harvesters log sheet for that day's harvest. Additionally, the vessel did not have a valid commercial vessel license, was not equipped with a tarp as per Department of Health and Hospitals regulations and did not have a proper identification number visible from the air. Agents also found the sacks of oysters were not properly tagged. Rudesill also did not have the proper amount of personal flotation devices, a vessel registration, a working fire extinguisher or navigation lights, officials say.
During the interview process, agents say they found Gallardo in possession of oxycodone, suboxone and drug paraphernalia.
Agents seized and returned the 28 sacks of oysters to the water. Both individuals were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail with the assistance of St. Bernard Sheriff's Office Narcotics Agents.