Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.

November 7, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of a Washington, D.C. man for illegal commercial dumping in Prince George’s County. Jack Whitfield,56, of the 2400 block of 22nd Street in Washington, D.C., was convicted Monday of dumping in excess of 500 pounds of various debris in a wooded area off of Church Road in Prince George’s County on August 3rd of last year. The defendant had been followed to the dump site after the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit developed information that individuals were involved in illegal dumping activities at that location.

Whitfield was convicted in the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County. Judge Beverly J. Woodard sentenced Mr. Whitfield to five years to the Department of Corrections, suspended the five-year sentence and placed the defendant on supervised probation for a period of 18 months. The defendant was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and to perform 50 hours of community service during the period of his probation. Whitfield faced a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine.

"This conviction is another example of the effectiveness of state and local cooperation," Attorney General Curran said. "Such littering not only destroys the physical beauty of our state, it also poses a significant health and safety risk to Maryland citizens."

By law, the dumping, depositing, throwing or leaving of any litter on any public or private place is prohibited unless such property is designated by the State, one of its agencies or one of its subdivisions as a disposal site for such litter. The Church Road property is not an authorized state or county disposal site.

The conviction resulted from a joint investigation of the Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Department of the Environment, Prince George’s Health Department and the Maryland State Police into the unlawful disposal of solid waste in Prince George’s County.