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

February 19, 2002 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357


Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of a Riverdale man for illegal dumping of over 500 hundred pounds of construction debris in Prince George’s County. Eddie Spear, 49, of the 4900 Block of Somerset Road in Riverdale, was convicted 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 3, 2000. 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.

Spear was convicted in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. Judge Vincent Femia sentenced Spear to one year to the Department of Corrections, suspended all but 20 days of that sentence and placed the defendant on probation for a period of three years. The defendant faced a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail and/or a $25,000 fine. Mr. Spear had no prior criminal record.

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