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New Iberia man cited for involvement in the illegal shipment of crabs over state lines

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Posted at 3:58 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 16:58:35-04

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a New Iberia man for alleged crab shipping violations.

Agents say that on August 31, they cited 59-year-old Lee Van Nguyen of New Iberia for his involvement with illegal shipments of crabs across state lines.

LDWF says that the investigation, which spans two years, revealed that Nguyen allegedly shipped crabs out of state without the proper licenses 24 times. Louisiana law requires a person or dealer to obtain a crab shipping license before shipping crabs out of state.

Agents charged Nguyen with exporting crabs without a crab shipping license and violating interstate commerce regulations.

Exporting crabs without a crab shipping license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Violating interstate commerce regulations carries a $900 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.