Oakdale couple cited for illegal possession of pythons

The following is a news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited an Oakdale couple on March 20 for allegedly possessing pythons without a permit.

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at the residence of David Beauchemin, 43, and Tawni Beauchemin, 23, on March 19.  The search warrant was issued after the Sheriff's Office received a public complaint alleging the Beauchemin's were illegally selling animals on the Internet.  The Beauchemin's residence was portrayed as a safe haven animal shelter.

After executing the search warrant, the APSO contacted LDWF about the pythons found in the residence.  LDWF agents cited the Beauchemin's with 22 counts of illegally possessing pythons over 12 feet in length without the required permit.  The pythons were seized and will be held at an animal shelter.

The APSO cited David Beauchemin with obstruction of justice after he allegedly tried to stop the search warrant from being executed.  APSO also cited the Beauchemin's with fraud for allegedly trafficking animals over the Internet illegally.  The APSO said additional charges are pending.

David Beauchemin is being held at the Allen Parish Jail without bond.  Tawni Beauchemin was released so that she could tend to the remaining pythons that are under the permit required 12 feet in length and the animals still remaining at the residence.

The public complaint was issued after somebody gave the Beauchemin's a dog for safe haven only to find it listed on the Internet a few days later for sale.