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Maryland law agency arrests Tappahannock truck driver for undersized oysters

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

Representatives of a Lottsburg seafood company were disappointed to learn Thursday that one of their truck drivers was arrested for a crime for which they believed he was not responsible.
According to a press release from the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), a tractor-trailer, driven by Rhoderick J. Newman, 66, of Tappahannock, was heading westbound on U.S. 50 in Easton, MD. on the night of Jan. 15 when Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP), acting on a tip, pulled over the vehicle.
After the truck was directed to a parking lot for cargo inspection, officers discovered that, out of the 188 bushels of oysters in the back of the truck, 187 contained oysters that fell below the legal minimum size of three inches, making the 187 bushels illegal.
According to the DNR, the bust resulted in one of the largest cases of undersized oyster poaching in recent years.
Newman was charged with…

Read the full story in the Northern Neck News’s 1-22.14 edition!