Posted: Jan 21, 2010 11:36 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick
Updated: Jan 21, 2010 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A yearlong investigation of illegal deer
sales in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes has brought two
arrests but the alleged ringleader remains at large, a state
wildlife agent says.
Henry Rineheart, 34, of Plaquemine and Aaron Comeaux, 35, of
Gueydan were arrested last week, said Capt. Cliff Comeaux of the
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The third man, whom he
wouldn't identify, was also wanted by federal authorities, he said.
"They showed up with their warrant before we did. He was able
to give them the slip," Comeaux said.
He said the investigation began last January with a complaint
about deer sales in Iberville parish.
Rineheart was booked Jan. 15 on warrants accusing him of selling
five deer, and Comeaux of selling four deer and three alligators,
Selling deer carries up to 30 days in jail and a $750 fine, and
selling alligator carries up to 60 days in jail and a $350 fine.
The department can also assess civil restitution of $524.54 each
for deer, and $35 a foot and $2.21 a pound for alligators.
The remaining man "was doing most of the killing, most of the
brokering," Comeaux said.