May 9, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
CITY MAN CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL DUMPING
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the conviction of
a Baltimore man for illegal commercial dumping in Baltimore City.
Jaha Smothers, 43, of the 1800 of Guilford Avenue, pled guilty Thursday
to dumping scrap tires in excess of 500 pounds in a wooded area
off of the 5700 block of Sinclair Lane on September 28, 2000. The
defendant had been followed to the dump site after the Attorney
General's Environmental Crimes Unit received information regarding
individuals using a U-Haul truck to haul and illegally dump scrap
tires near that location.
John M. Glynn sentenced Mr. Smothers to two years in prison, suspended
all but 90 days, and placed the defendant on supervised probation
for a period of two years. Mr. Smothers 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.
"The illegal dumping of scrap tires creates a public nuisance
that negatively impacts the quality of life of Maryland citizens."
law, the dumping, depositing, throwing or leaving of any litter
on any public or private place is prohibited unless such property
is designated otherwise by the State, one of its agencies or one
of its subdivisions. The Sinclair Lane property is not an authorized
state or city disposal site.
The conviction resulted from a joint investigation of the Office
of the Attorney General, Maryland Department of the Environment,
Baltimore City Department of Public Works and the Baltimore City
Police Department into the unlawful disposal of scrap tires in Baltimore