Illegal sales of Red Drum- Busted!

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Short article by Jeffrey Weeks about a bust of illegal red drum in NC. The penalties are almost insignificant but I hope they will act as some kind of deterrent if for no other reason than to stay out of the paper:

Gilgo pleaded guilty June 28 in Carteret County District Court. He received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $7,250 in replacement cost to the Marine Fisheries Conservation Fund for 5,000 pounds of unreported red drum. Fines and court costs were remitted. He was also ordered to turn in a trip ticket for the unrecorded fish.

Cuthrell pleaded no contest April 15 in Beaufort County District Court. He received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $971.50 in replacement cost to the Marine Fisheries Conservation Fund for 670 pounds of unreported red drum in addition to fines and court costs. He was also ordered to turn in a trip ticket for the unrecorded fish.

Warren pleaded guilty April 30 in Pamlico County District Court. He received a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $1,450 in replacement cost to the Marine Fisheries Conservation Fund for 1,000 pounds of unreported red drum in addition to fines and court costs. He was also ordered to turn in a trip ticket for the unrecorded fish.

Does anybody think that this is the first time this has happened? Do we honestly think that other people are not doing this on a regular basis? I applaud the DMF officers who did the investigations and I hope they continue to weed out those that are doing it.

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-42126-Charlotte-Fish-and-Wildlife-Policy-Examiner~y2010m8d5-Three-NC-fish-house-dealers-convicted-of-illegally-buying-red-drum?#comments

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2 thoughts on “Illegal sales of Red Drum- Busted!

  1. I’d bet the judge didn’t have a very large book to throw at the guy. With sentencing guidelines set by legislators there often isn’t much a judge can do. Tougher fines seem pretty needed.

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