June 20, 2014
State Environmental Conservation Police Charge Bristol Resident With Illegal Fishing Activity
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protectionís Environmental Conservation (En Con) Police today charged Jose Medina, age 22, of Bristol for marine fisheries and motor vehicle violations.
The arrest stemmed from a complaint concerning illegal fishing activity in Long Island Sound off of Waterford. His fishing privileges are currently under suspension until September 30, 2014, due to previous convictions for marine fisheries violations.
Earlier today, EnCon Officers discovered a striped bass, scup and several bluefish contained in a cooler on the boatís deck along with fishing equipment. They also found that the vessel was not legally registered, his motor vehicle operatorís license was suspended and the pickup truck he was operating had an expired registration.
The vessel and its contents were seized as evidence. During an inventory of the seized vessel, officers discovered an additional 20 bluefish, 6 tautog (blackfish) and a striped bass in a hidden compartment under the deck. In addition, the outboard motor did not have any factory engine (serial) number.
Mr. Medina was charged with the following violations:
Fishing under a suspended license, Purchasing a license while existing license was under suspension, Illegal operation of an unregistered vessel, Operating an unregistered motor vehicle, Operating a vehicle while under suspension, Possession of over the creel limit of bluefish (20 counts), Possession of tautog during closed season (6 counts), Possession of tautog less than legal size limit (6 counts), Possession of striped bass less than legal size limit (1 count), and Possession of an outboard motor having a defaced factory or engine number.
Mr. Medina was released on a promise to appear with a court date of July 8, 2014, in New London Superior Court.