DEEP charges Bristol man with violations of fisheries, MV laws

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation
(En Con) Police on June 20 charged Jose Medina, 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 Sept. 30, due to previous convictions for marine fisheries violations.
On June 20, the DEEP said in a press release, EnCon officers discovered a striped bass, scup and several bluefish contained in a cooler on the boat’s deck along with fishing equipment. The release said officers also found that the vessel was not legally registered, his motor vehicle operator’s license was suspended and the pickup truck he was operating had an expired registration.
The vessel and its contents were seized as evidence, said the DEEP. During an inventory of the seized vessel, officers discovered an additional 20 bluefish, six 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.
DEEP said 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 (six counts), possession of tautog less than legal size limit (six counts), possession of striped bass less than legal size limit (one count), and possession of an outboard motor having a defaced factory or engine number.
The DEEP said Medina was released on a promise to appear with a court date of July 8, 2014, in New London Superior Court.