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LDWF agents arrest one, cite another for illegal oyster sales

LDWF agents arrest one, cite another for illegal oyster sales

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Texas man and cited a Louisiana man for alleged illegal oyster sales in Terrebonne Parish on April 19.

Agents received a public tip about a man selling sacks of oysters from an unrefrigerated truck in Houma. After investigating the tip, agentsfound Wally J. Bazar, 33, of New Orleans, selling green-tagged oysters to the public from an unrefrigerated truck.

Green tagged oysters are to only be sold to a certified dealer or to a post-harvest treating facility. Bazar also did not have a wholesale seafood license allowing him to sell oysters.

During questioning, Bazar admitted to buying a total of 10 sacks of oysters from Randy Smith, 51, of Angleton, Texas, on April 18 and 19. Agents found Smith and learned that he was a deckhand on a commercial oysterfishing vessel. Agents learned that Smith stole the oysters from the vessel without the owner’s knowledge and put them in his car before selling them to Bazar.

Agents also found that he was wanted in Texas for the past two years on parole violations in Calhoun County Texas.