Game warden field notes - we're not making this up
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
Threatened turtles rescued
Hidalgo County Game Warden Harry Rakosky conducted a "welfare check" at a McAllen residence last spring after receiving word that Texas tortoises were being held there.
The family confirmed they had eight of the threatened species, showing the officer where they were. Rakosky explained the protected status of the animals and confiscated them, transferring them to the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.
Later the turtles were taken to the Brazoria National Wildlife system and released.
Wardens find MJ in boat
On March 31, Game Wardens Jason McFall and Brad Meloni arrested two individuals in possession of 1,248 pounds of marijuana.
The suspects had cut holes in the floorboard of their 21-foot Kenner to hide the contraband. The pair was arrested and the case turned over to the Kingsville Tri-County Task Force.
Game Wardens Matt Strauss and Royce Ilse assisted in the investigation.
Dive team assists
The TPWD Law Enforcement Division dive team responded to a call for assistance from the Texas Rangers and Ellis County Sheriff's Office, following the discovery of decomposed human remains near a body of water.
The last person seen with the victim claimed the person had died accidentally.
But when TPWD divers found a still-loaded handgun in the water, the investigation took a different turn. A suspect has now been charged with the homicide.
Search warrant leads
to felony indictments
A Harris County Grand Jury returned indictments against two Houston corporations and two individuals for felony water pollution.
The corporations, along with the principal owner, were charged with two counts each. A second individual was charged with one count.
This case was worked by Game Warden Sgt. Cynthia Guajardo-Sorrell and officers with the Houston Police Department's Major Offenders Unit.
The indictments stem from a search warrant served two years ago at a Houston engine rebuild and auto repair operation.