More than five years after being charged, a jury in St. Helena recently found
Stephen Ray Wells guilty of shrimp trawling in restricted waters near the
entrance of St. Helena Sound in Beaufort County.
Following his conviction, Wells, 48, of 3024 Ratel Drive, Burton, was fined $200
and forfeited $2,722.50 from 1,605 pounds of shrimp seized the night of his
arrest, Feb. 7, 2000. The case was heard in the court of Beaufort County
Magistrate Joseph McDomick in St. Helena. The jury reached its verdict on June
Witnesses for the state and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers
who investigated the case include Cpl. Ginger L. Pop of Pawleys Island; Cpl. Van
A. Horton of Beaufort, currently deployed with the U.S. Coast Guard in
Charleston; and Cpl. Robbie Smith of Beaufort, also deployed with the U.S. Coast
Guard, Joint Terrorism Task Force in Baltimore.
Jim Quinn, an attorney with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources in
Columbia, represented the state in the case.