Opelousas Man Cited For Illegal Possession and Release of Apple Snails

Published 3:20 pm Thursday, October 13, 2022

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Opelousas man for alleged illegal possession and release of an exotic species in St. Landry Parish on Oct 6.

Agents cited Peter Son Nguyen, 73, for the illegal release of game, fowl, or fish, and possessing an exotic species.

A concerned Opelousas homeowner contacted LDWF agents about a man that she believed released apple snails into a neighborhood community pond.  Agents conducted an extensive investigation into the complaint and revealed multiple large bundles of apple snail eggs in the Townsouth Neighborhood community pond.

Agents questioned Nguyen’s involvement and he admitted to possessing the snails and releasing them into the pond.

Illegal possession of apple snails brings up to a $50 fine.  Illegal release of apple snails carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF agents participating in the case are Sgt. Brandon Fontenot and Senior Agent Garrett Kirkland.