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    For Immediate Release December 17,
    2004

    Game Wardens Arrest 7, charge sixteen others

    SIDNEY, MAINE -- In one of the Warden Service's largest enforcement
    actions
    ever, game wardens arrested seven people and charged 14 others
    lastafter
    serving search warrants at 19 locations in central Maine at 6:00
    tonight.

    A total of 20 people were charged last night with numerous wildlife
    crimes
    ranging from killing multiple deer, night hunting, killing wildlife in
    closed seasons, hunting on posted land, shooting from a motor vehicle
    and
    driving deer towards shooters in large organized groups. As the
    investigation continues, more charges will follow.

    "This group possessed a blatant disregard for the laws that are
    designed to
    protects Maine's wildlife for everyone," said Major Gregg Sanborn,
    "They
    killed multiple deer, they killed at night, out of season, and fired
    out of
    their trucks. They killed whatever and whenever they felt like it."

    Arrested were Peter Tukey, 52, of Belgrade; Albert (Joey) Languet, 31
    of
    Belgrade; Vernon Dexter, 57, of Gardiner; Patrick Dexter, 32, of
    Belgrade;
    Glenn Glidden, 43, of Rome; Andrew Seamon, 38 of Augusta; and Paul
    Stevens,
    37 of Belgrade.

    "This group boasted about killing more than 50 deer this past season in
    the
    Belgrade area, which is near the amount that was legally registered in
    Belgrade," said District Game Warden Dan Murray whose patrol covers the
    Belgrade area.

    "It's illegal activity like this that takes away hunting opportunities
    for
    those who follow the law. It even takes pleasure away from those who
    like to
    watch deer walk through their backyard," said Major Gregg Sanborn, "As
    an
    example, I took my son out every Saturday this hunting season and he
    never
    had an opportunity to shoot a deer. Perhaps if this group followed the
    law
    there would have been opportunities for hunters like my son and other
    hunters who abide by the law."

    Evidence that was seized after serving the warrants include deer meat,
    deer
    antlers, deer parts, moose meat, wild turkey meat, wild turkey parts
    (beards
    and feathers), firearms, bone saws, and archery equipment.

    "This group would kill multiple deer, and at times have three deer
    hanging
    in a shed or garage, waiting to be cut up and distributed among the
    group,"
    said Sanborn. Deer meat would be passed around to fellow poachers and
    family
    members.

    Over 80 people were involved in the operation, including 65 game
    wardens,
    six sheriffs, two state troopers and support staff.