Durham man summoned on three fishing offenses

Posted Sept. 01, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

A Durham man is in hot water with the Maine Warden Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Maine Department of Marine Services.

A joint investigation by those three organizations led to Jason Smith, 30, of Durham being summoned on charges of possession of fish taken during the closed season, snagging fish and illegal possession of an Atlantic salmon.

He is due in Lewiston District Court in December.

Department of Marine Resources officers received information that an individual may have caught and killed an Atlantic salmon on the Androscoggin River. The fish reportedly was taken from waters above the head of tide, and the DMR contacted the state Warden Service, prompting an investigation.

Smith was identified and a search warrant was executed on his home. Wardens reportedly seized evidence from the premises linking Smith to several criminal fishing violations, along with drug violations.

“The investigation is an excellent example of good interagency communication and cooperation, which is what we always experience while working with our Federal and State counterparts on Fish and Game related crimes,” Capt. Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service said in a press release.

The investigation is continuing, according to the release.

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