Ferriday man arrested after being found with gator heads, drugs

Published 12:05am Wednesday, June 12, 2013

FERRIDAY— A man and his son walking along a Louisiana levee is fairly commonplace but few openly carry a saw.

That odd scene raised eyebrows and led to the arrest of a Ferriday man Monday on charges of illegal possession of alligators out of season.

He was also charged with possession of crystal methamphetamine and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents allegedly saw Michael P. Smith and his son walking up a levee along Old River carrying a saw, a fishing pole and a black trash bag.

Agents found a severed alligator head inside the bag and a decapitated 10-foot alligator nearby, LDWF spokesman Adam Einck said.

The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office later obtained a search warrant for Smith’s vehicle and residence at 241 Aimee Drive. Agents found a second alligator head in Smith’s car and two more at his house.

During the search, agents also found what they believed to be crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Smith was booked into Concordia Parish Jail Monday. No bond had been set late Monday.

Einck said conviction of the four counts of alligator possession could amount to first through fourth convictions, carrying mandatory total fines of $3,150 to $11,900 and total maximum jail terms of four years and nine months.