August 3, 2006
SEVERN MAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGAL DUMPING
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced
today that Lino Razuri, 43, of the 500 block of Queenstown Road
in Severn, Maryland was sentenced for illegal dumping in excess
of 500 pounds at 627 Queenstown Road in Severn, Maryland.
Razuri was convicted last Friday by the Honorable Meagan Johnson
after a trial in the District Court for Anne Arundel County. Today,
Judge Johnson sentenced Razuri to 24 months in prison, all of which
was suspended. Razuri was also fined $5,000, of which $2,000 was
suspended, and sentenced to one year of probation.
In January 2006, a homeowner discovered an oil tank dumped on
his property. After the homeowner reported the incident, the Maryland
Department of the Environment-Emergency Response Division responded
to the scene and recovered almost 100 gallons of waste oil from
inside the tank. Approximately 5-10 gallons of waste oil had leaked
into the soil. An investigation revealed that the tank had been
dumped on the property by Mr. Razuri, who lives nearby.
By law, the dumping, depositing, throwing or leaving of any litter
on any public or private place is prohibited unless such property
is designated by the State, or local subdivision as a disposal
site for such litter. Maryland law provides for greater penalties
based on the weight of the material dumped. Razuri illegally dumped
debris weighing over 500 pounds which carries the highest maximum
penalty of up to five years in jail and/or a $30,000 fine.
The conviction resulted from a joint investigation of the Office
of the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit, the Maryland
Department of the Environment, and the Maryland State Police.