River roundup on the Ouiska Chitto - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

River roundup on the Ouiska Chitto

ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

It's a summertime activity many participate in -- canoeing on the Ouiska Chitto River.

Law enforcement in Allen, Beauregard and Evangeline parishes, along with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, conducted a checkpoint on a sandbar.

This was part of an effort to make sure everyone has a safe time on the river.

Officers conducted a boating safety check by looking for life vests on board, making sure there were no glass bottles or containers, drugs and other narcotics, underage drinking, as well as litter.

"We run into all types of people and unfortunately they bring these types of things down here which is a hazard mixed with alcohol, narcotics and the number of people that come you have those type things," said Allen Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics Investigator Ben Perkins.

This year's river roundup, officers arrested three for narcotics and issued close to 21 citations for various offenses.

"We're trying to make sure that we make the river as safe for the public and the families that come down here as possible," Sgt. Scott Fontenot with LDWF said. 

Fontenot said they set up the check point early in the river system to try to eliminate any issues down the river. 

"We catch anyone under the age of 21 in possession of alcoholic beverages, we'll seize the alcoholic beverages and destroy all of the alcohol that they may have and then we allow them to proceed on down the rivers safely," Fontenot said.

These checkpoints are conducted a few times during the summer months along the river. 

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