December 5, 2003
DUMPER JAILED IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
Attorney General Urges Tire Dealers to Use Licensed Haulers
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Kenneth Eugene
48, of the 10000 block of Woodlawn Boulevard in
Upper Marlboro, Maryland was sentenced to jail for illegally dumping
scrap tires behind a business in Lanham. Snowden entered a guilty
plea before Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin in the District Court of Maryland
for Prince George’s County.
convicted of discarding scrap tires in the rear parking lot of
the Speedwash Laudromat, located at 7800 Annapolis Road,
on May 2, 2003. The dumper was immediately confronted by store
employees and forced to remove the dumped tires. Later, investigators
with the Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit were
able to identify Snowden as the tire dumper.
Snowden was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Judge El-Amin ordered
him to serve 20 days and upon his release be placed on 18 months
of probation. Snowden was also fined $1,000, which was suspended
pending the successful completion of the period of probation. The
maximum criminal penalty for disposing of scrap tires is 30 days
in jail and a $1,000 fine.
previously convicted in St. Mary’s County in
October for hauling scrap tires without a license. Although licensed
at one time, Snowden’s scrap tire hauler’s license
was revoked by the Maryland Department of the Environment in 1999.
Maryland requires tire dealers to use licensed scrap tire haulers
to help prevent illegal tire dumping. Tire dealers in Prince George’s
County and Southern Maryland are urged to avoid using Snowden,
or any other unlicensed hauler, for the disposal of scrap tires.
The Attorney General’s Office, along with local authorities,
will aggressively pursue chronic tire dumpers. Tire dealers, gas
stations and other businesses that generate scrap tires should
be aware of their responsibility to use only licensed tire haulers,” Attorney
General Curran said.
the Maryland Department of the Environment spent over $2.6 million
to clean up illegal scrap tire dumps. Individual property
owners are also victimized by untold additional clean-up costs
each year. Anyone with questions about whether a particular tire
hauler is licensed should contact the Maryland Department of the
Environment’s Scrap Tire Program at 410-537-3315 or 800-633-6101,
follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes
Unit of the Office of the Attorney General,
the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, and the
Maryland State Police with the assistance of the Maryland Department
of the Environment’s Scrap Tire Program. Additional criminal
charges against Snowden in the District of Columbia are still pending.