- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Marine Patrol officers with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have cited an Ohio man for unlawful possession of unrefrigerated shellfish and careless driving.

Authorities say 44-year-old Chea Vicheth, of Columbus, Ohio, was transporting oysters from Louisiana to Alabama when officers stopped him about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 90 in Hancock County for driving erratically. Officers determined he was carrying 100 sacks of raw oysters and multiple boxes of live crabs in a refrigeration unit that was not working.

Joe Jewell, director of the department’s Office of Marine Fisheries, said Thursday oysters that are not kept under proper temperatures pose significant health risks.

The seafood was seized and disposed of according to state rules.

Both citations are misdemeanors, and Vicheth faces a fine of up to $500 for each.

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