LA: Hunting violation turns to drug arrest
December 24, 2009
Hunting violation turns to drug arrest
MINDEN - A weekend investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries into the alleged illegal hunting activities of a Minden man
led to a drug arrest by Webster Parish sheriff's investigators.
Tommy Ray Butler, 26, was charged with illegally carrying weapons and
possession of Xanax, methamphetamine, steroids, drug paraphernalia and
A complaint about potential illegal hunting led LDWF agents to contact
Butler midday Saturday. His property was searched, and agents discovered
several illegally possessed items, including drugs and a gun.
Butler, according to Sheriff's investigator Sgt. Scott Tucker, has been
arrested three times in the last year on felony drug charges.
"Because he was still on probation, he isn't allowed to have a weapon,"
Tucker said. "When (LDWF) agents searched further, they found the drugs in
his vehicle along with a computer generated printout indicating that illegal
online purchases of drugs may have been made by Butler. That's when they
called us in to assist."
Butler admitted during an interview with sheriff's deputies to purchasing
foreign anabolic steroids via the Internet, authorities said in a news
Twelve vials of anabolic steroids were seized, along with needles, glass
pipes and two computers used in the drug transactions. "This quantity of
drugs would have had a significant impact in the public. I'm glad we removed
them from the streets because this needs to stop," Tucker said.
More charges may follow in connection with wildlife carcasses that also
were found in the search of Butler's home.
"We have to commend the Wildlife and Fishery agents," said Sheriff Gary
Sexton. "They looked past the surface into a case that resulted in a very
Return to Hunting Accident Index
Fair Use Notice: This document may contain copyrighted material
whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. We believe
that this not-for-profit, educational use on the Web constitutes
a fair use of the copyrighted material (as provided for in section
107 of the US Copyright Law). If you wish to use this copyrighted
material for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must
obtain permission from the copyright owner.