23rd Judicial District Court Judge Marylin Lambert accepted guilty pleas from Charles Mancuso Jr., of Prairieville, and his son, Charles Mancuso III, of Destrehan, Dec. 10


The two men were apprehended on July 9, 2008 by an Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent as they tended a gill net in the Panama Canal in Ascension Parish.


23rd Judicial District Court Judge Marylin Lambert accepted guilty pleas from Charles Mancuso Jr., of Prairieville, and his son, Charles Mancuso III, of Destrehan, Dec. 10

The two men were apprehended on July 9, 2008 by an Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent as they tended a gill net in the Panama Canal in Ascension Parish.

Both men were individually charged with and pled guilty to taking commercial fish without a commercial license, using commercial gear without a commercial gear license and blocking passage of fish. 

Lambert ordered each man to pay a fine of $250 plus court costs for each offense, which resulted in each man paying a total of more than $1,150.  Judge Lambert also ordered that the gill net used in the offense be forfeited to LDWF.

The case was initiated when a concerned citizen observed the Mancusoss activities.  The public is reminded that Operation Game Thief (OGT), the department’s 24-hour hotline, works and sportsmen are strongly encouraged to participate.  Sportsmen have the phone number for OGT readily available any time they’re carrying a hunting or fishing license as the toll free phone number for OGT is printed on the licenses; 1-800-442-2511.  Rewards are available and the caller may remain anonymous.

The case was made by Sgt. Todd Lewis.