May 1, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
MAN INDICTED FOR ASBESTOS REMOVAL VIOLATIONS AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Donaldo Hugo
Drachenberg, 54, of Loma Linda, California, has been indicted by
a Grand Jury in Montgomery County and charged with 14 counts of
asbestos removal violations. Drachenberg, who formerly lived in
the 15600 block of Dorset Road in Laurel, is charged with violating
Marylands asbestos control laws while removing friable asbestos
within a school building at the Sligo Adventist School on Carroll
Avenue in Takoma Park during March of 2001.
indictment charges that Drachenberg was unlicensed and failed to
notify the Maryland Department of the Environment that he was removing
asbestos. Additionally, it is alleged that he failed to properly
contain the work, failed to post required warning signs, failed
to properly handle the removed asbestos and failed to take required
precautions designed to protect the workers doing the removal work.
count carries a potential maximum sentence of one year in jail and
a $25,000 fine upon conviction. The filing of an indictment is merely
an accusation of criminal wrongdoing and each individual is presumed
innocent until proven guilty. Trial has been set for September 3,
2002 in Circuit Court in Rockville.
charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department of the
Environment's Air and Radiation Management Administration.