Game & Fish Officers Bust Clovis Man, Seize 1,600 Fish

Published 05/15 2014 06:48PM

Updated 05/15 2014 06:53PM

CLOVIS, NM -- New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Conservation Officers seized more than 1,600 rainbow trout – 160 times the legal possession limit – from a Clovis home Saturday, May 10. A tip came through the department’s anonymous tip line, Operation Game Thief.

Bounchanh Bounsombath of Clovis was arrested the following Monday, after department officers executed a search warrant at a home on North Connelly Street. Bounsombath, 62, admitted to catching all the fish at Green Acres Lake and Denis Chaves Pond in northwest Clovis.

“Never in my whole career have I encountered this before,” Col. Robert Griego said.

“The extreme excess of this case is aggravating,” Griego said. “The department stocks these fish for all sportsmen and women, young and old, with the desire that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the fish.”

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