Golden Meadow man cited for possessing green sea turtles

A Golden Meadow man faces violations of the Endangered Species Act after allegedly possessing green sea turtles, the LDWF said.

Leger ticketed for violating the Endangered Species Act; could face $50,000 fine, LDWF says

Enforcement agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries cited a Golden Meadow man for Endangered Species Act violations after they allegedly found green sea turtle meat in his freezer.

According to a press release, Lee H. Leger Jr., 61 was ticketed after agents received a tip about him possessing two green sea turtles at his residence, the release states. Agents went to his home and found 20 pounds of turtle meat in his freezer, and Leger allegedly admitted to possessing the green sea turtles and cleaning them for meat, according to the release.

Green sea turtles are federally protected and listed as an endangered species.  Violating the Endangered Species Act brings up to a $50,000 fine and one year in jail, the release states.

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