August 14, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that James L. Jackson,
44, of the 5000 block of Roseld Court in Oxen Hill, was convicted
of commercial dumping of scrap tires. Jackson pled guilty in Prince
George's County Circuit Court this morning.
previously operated an illegal scrap tire lot on Kaverton Road in
the Forestville area of Prince George's County. That lot was not
licensed and was prohibited at that location by Prince George's
County's Zoning Code. Both the Maryland Department of the Environment
and Prince George's County officials tried repeatedly to stop the
dumping at that site. In the spring of 2002, Jackson entered into
an agreement to stop using the lot and to remove all the tires.
April 2002, a Maryland State Trooper assigned to the Environmental
Crimes Unit witnessed Jackson back a truck full of tires to the
rear fence of the then padlocked lot, and throw more tires over
the fence into the lot. Jackson had been paid to haul the tires
from a shopping center in Montgomery County.
addition to having previously acknowledged that the site was illegal,
Jackson was dumping additional tires at the same time a contractor
hired by the property's lender was being paid to clean up the existing
illegal tire pile. A total of 46,700 tires were removed from the
property by the end of 2002.
Vincent J. Femia sentenced Jackson to serve one year in jail. The
maximum sentence for commercial dumping is up to five years in jail
and/or a $25,000 fine.
tire dumping is not only a public health threat, but damages the
character and appearance of communities in our State," Attorney
General Curran said. "Mr. Jackson continued to illegally dump
tires where he knew he could not legally do so and in spite of the
repeated efforts of State and local authorities."
conviction follows 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 Scrap Tire Program.