Tallahassee, FL - Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) agents made the following environmental crime arrests during the week of October 11 - 18, 2010:
Monday, October 11, 2010, Broward County: Juan Carlos Ramos-Castro, 23, Andres Juan Espinal, 29, and Darryl Hines, 31, employees of the Patriot Recycling Group, Inc., were arrested for illegally storing waste tires at an unpermitted facility in Oakland Park. Ramos-Castro, Espinal, and Hines are each charged with violating Florida Statute 403.413(4)(a), Florida Litter Law (for commercial purposes), a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. They are also each charged with violating Florida Statute 403.161(1)(b), Failure to Obtain Permit, a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010, Bay County: Emanuel Howard, 63, was issued a Notice to Appear for dumping approximately 40 gallons of used motor oil in a propane tank at a property he owns in Fountain. Howard is charged with Florida Statute 403.161(1)(b), Failure to Obtain Permit, a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $10,000.
“Enforcing environmental laws is a vital part of DEP’s mission,” said DEP Division of Law Enforcement Director Henry Barnet. “We encourage Florida’s residents and visitors to help protect Florida’s valuable natural resources and report any suspected environmental crimes by calling (877) 2-SAVE-FL or #DEP from most wireless devices.”
DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for statewide environmental resource law enforcement, as well as providing law enforcement services to Florida’s state parks and greenways and trails. Division personnel from the three operational bureaus patrol state lands, investigate environmental resource crimes, and respond to natural disasters, civil unrest, hazardous material incidents and oil spills that threaten the environment.
To report an environmental crime, wireless customers can dial #DEP. Callers can also report environmental crimes to the State Warning Point by calling (877) 2-SAVE-FL (1.877.272.8335). General environmental inquiries should be directed to DEP district offices during normal business hours. For more information about DEP’s Division of Law Enforcement, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/law.