February 22, 2006
BALTIMORE CITY UNLICENSED SCRAP
TIRE HAULER CONVICTED
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
the conviction of Rahman Smothers 39, of the1800 block of N.
Guilford Street in Baltimore City, on a charge of hauling
scrap tires without
Smothers pled guilty in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore
City to unlawfully transporting scrap tires without a license.
According to the statement of facts, from January 20, 2005 through
August 20, 2005 Smothers hauled tires from Pikesville Automotive
Service Center on Reisterstown Road after his license was terminated
in June of 2004. During the time from 1999 through 2004 while
he still had a license, Smothers failed to file semiannual reports
required to identify where he picked up tires and where he disposed
of them. Maryland law requires service stations and retail outlets
that accumulate old tires removed from vehicles to report which
licensed haulers take the tires away. Tire disposal facilities
also report which transporters bring in tires for disposal. In
this case, Smothers lost his license after multiple violations
of the reporting requirements. Later his invalid license appeared
on scrap tire facility reports indicating that Smothers hauled
tires from several scrap tire accumulation facilities in Baltimore
City and County.
Scrap tire haulers are regulated by the Maryland Department of
the Environment to ensure that the million plus scrap tires generated
each year in Maryland are disposed of properly,” said Attorney
General Curran. “If a scrap tire hauler repeatedly refuses
to comply with their legal obligations and then continues to operate
after losing their license, this office will use all the tools
at our disposal including criminal prosecution to make sure that
tire generators and haulers follow the law.”
District Court Judge George M. Lipman approved the terms of the
plea agreement and imposed a $5000 fine, suspended all but $2000
and placed Smothers on one year of probation. The maximum penalty
available for this violation is a $10,000 fine.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General with the assistance
of the Maryland Department of the Environment Waste Management
Administration’s Scrap Tire Program, the Baltimore City Police
Department, and the Maryland State Police.