BALTIMORE – A local fisherman is in trouble with the law, accused of witness tampering related to an investigation into the illegal harvesting of striped bass.
Michael D. Hayden, Jr., 41, of Tilghman Island, was arrested Tuesday on charges of witness tampering and retaliation in connection with an investigation the illegal harvesting of the fish from the Chesapeake Bay.
The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; Regional Special Agent in Charge Honora Gordon of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement; and Joseph P. Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
“Stealing striped bass and intimidating witnesses are crimes against our natural resources and against the citizens of Maryland,” said Gill. “We are grateful for the partnership of law enforcement agencies and we thank our residents for coming forward and providing information to help us protect the public trust.”