LDWF and ATF Cooperate in Arrest

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An Ascension Parish resident, Carruth Montichek 54, was arrested on March 9, by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Montichek was arrested for possession of an unlicensed silencer, sale of deer and hunting deer during illegal hours.

The arrest of Montichek was the result of a long-term undercover operation conducted by covert agents of LDWF, who were investigating Montichek for hunting deer during illegal hours and the sale of deer.

During the course of the investigation, Montichek made the covert agents aware of his attempts to purchase an unregistered silencer for his .22-magnum rifle, which he intended to use in illegal hunting activities. A Special Agent for the ATF later posed as an illicit source for the unregistered silencer, which led to Montichek's arrest for possession of the illegal device.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine of up to $950, jail for not more than 120 days, or both, plus court costs and forfeiture of seized items.

The sale of deer carries a fine of not more than $750 and jail for not more than 30 days for each offense.

The penalty for possession of an unregistered silencer is a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both.