The Falmouth Department of Marine and Environmental Services began an investigation Wednesday involving a subject who was allegedly harvesting contaminated shellfish.
During surveillance by the Falmouth M.E.S. and the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Carlton Hendricks the third of Mashpee was observed digging, mislabeling and selling more than 13-hundred pieces.
Hendricks reportedly sold the contaminated shellfish to a Falmouth based wholesale/retail dealer. Those shellfish were seized by authorities and destroyed.
Hendricks was arrested and charged with shellfishing in a contaminated area, shellfish improperly tagged, incorrect shellfish labeling and shellfishing without a permit in his possession.
He was arraigned in Falmouth District Court Thursday where he pled not guilty.