Ferriday man accused of possessing gators, drugs
VIDALIA - A 37-year-old Ferriday man is accused of illegally possessing alligators and crystal meth, and of contributing to his son's delinquency.
Michael P. Smith was arrested by agents who saw him and his son walking up a levee on Monday with a saw, a fishing pole and a black trash bag, and asked for a look in the bag, said Adam Einck, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division.
He said they found an alligator head in the bag; nearby was the decapitated body of a 10-foot gator.
Bond had not been set Tuesday for Smith, said Concordia Parish Sheriff's Deputy William Barnes. He said Smith has an attorney, but booking records don't include the name.
Einck said agents and deputies got warrants to search Smith's truck and home, finding another head in the truck and two more in his house, where they also found crystal meth and drug paraphernalia.
He was booked with possessing an alligator during a closed season, possessing crystal meth and drug paraphernalia and contributing to a minor's delinquency, Einck said.
He said conviction on all four counts of alligator possession could amount to first through fourth convictions, carrying mandatory total fines of $3,150 to $11,900, and total maximum jail terms of four years and nine months.
Maximum sentences for the other charges are: contributing to juvenile delinquency, $500 and six months in jail; possessing crystal meth, $5,000 and five years; paraphernalia, $500 and six months.
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