(WVUE) - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested three men for illegally harvesting oysters.
Agents arrested Dustin J. Robin, 30, of St. Bernard; Randal Assavedo Jr. ,35, of Mereaux; and Carlos Mejia, 42, of Houston, Texas, for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, among other violations.
Wildlife agents were patrolling the Lake Robin area near Delacroix when they spotted the men dredging in a polluted area and without a permit. The men were arrested, and agents seized 12 sacks of oysters, the men's boat and two oyster dredges.
The agency said each violation carries a fine up to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.
The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.