Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a man for allegedly possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and migratory game bird violations on Oct. 27 in Terrebonne Parish.
Agents arrested Christopher Verdin, 35, of Georgia who recently moved from Chauvin, for possessing a 12 gauge shotgun by a convicted felon. Verdin was convicted of distributing cocaine in 2006.
Agents received a complaint from the public about Verdin duck hunting in the Chauvin area. Agents arrived on the scene at 7 a.m. on Oct. 27 and observed Verdin hunting ducks. At 8:30 a.m. agents made contact with Verdin and found him in possession of one mottled duck, one teal and four ibis.
Agents cited Verdin for hunting ducks during a closed season, taking ibis for which there is no season, violating the non-toxic shot requirement, field possession of migratory game birds (MGBs), harvesting MGBs during a closed season, hunting MGBs without the required harvest information program (HIP) certification, hunting MGBs with an unplugged shotgun, hunting without a basic hunting license and hunting MGBs without state and federal duck stamps.
Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Hunting without a basic license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. For the remaining eight charges, Verdin faces a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each charge.
During the background check, agents learned that Verdin had three outstanding warrants in Terrebonne Parish for back child support and traffic violations. Agents booked him into the Terrebonne Parish jail.
Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Louis Burnett.
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