3 arrested for felony possession of entanglement net, pompano
Friday, October 12, 2012
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-227-3830; or Officer Baryl Martin, 813-495-1456
An early morning stakeout on Oct. 8, by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers resulted in the arrest of three Tampa Bay area men for possession of 574 pompano and an unmarked monofilament entanglement net.
At about 5 a.m. Monday, three fishermen brought their catch into the Safety Harbor boat ramp, hitched their boat to a pickup truck and started to drive away. FWC officers, who work around the clock to protect people and natural resources, were watching.
Arrested for simultaneous possession of an unmarked monofilament entanglement net and pompano, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five-years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine, were:
- Ronald Ray Frazier (DOB 09/06/90) of 11290 Knuckey Road, Brooksville;
- Harrison L. Davidson (DOB 10/14/65) of 33408 Trilby Road, Dade City;
- William Eldridge Nelson (DOB 03/05/73) of 1584 Bridgewater Dr., Tarpon Springs.
Nelson was also booked on a Pinellas County warrant for violation of probation.
Further fisheries-related charges may be filed on the men as the state investigation reveals more details about the trip.
“We routinely patrol the Tampa Bay area, but unfortunately there are still intentional violators who illegally use entanglement nets to take advantage of our valuable natural resources.” said Lt. Grant Burton, FWC Law Enforcement Supervisor in Pinellas County.
To report violations of fish or wildlife laws, call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com; standard usage fees may apply. You may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if your tip leads to an arrest.