Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Pierre Part man for alleged gun, drug and wildlife violations on Feb. 10 and March 8.
Agents arrested Daniel Plaisance Jr., 29, for possession of drug paraphernalia, selling deer meat, possession of an illegally taken deer, hunting deer during illegal hours, taking deer illegally from a boat, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and hunting without basic season and big game hunting licenses on Feb. 10.
On March 8, agents arrested Plaisance Jr. for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Agents received information on Feb. 10 that Plaisance Jr. had illegally harvested an antlered deer. Agents went to Plaisance Jr.’s residence where they observed a partially butchered antlered deer on the property in plain view, but Plaisance Jr. was not home.
Agents made contact with Plaisance Jr. at a boat launch in Pierre Part and found cut deer meat, blood, and four used syringes in his vessel. He admitted to harvesting an eight point deer with a 12-gauge shotgun from his vessel in Bayou Goddel on the morning of Feb. 9.
Plaisance Jr. then took the deer back to his residence and sold some of the deer meat to an unidentified person. Agents arrested him and booked him into the Assumption Parish Jail on Feb. 10.
After further investigation, agents learned that Plaisance Jr. is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm. Agents arrested him again on March 8 and booked him into the Assumption Parish Jail.
Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Selling deer meat carries a $500 to $750 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Hunting deer from a boat and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense. Hunting without a basic season and big game hunting license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail for each offense.
Illegally possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail. Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.
Plaisance Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.