After a short video was shared on social media, El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputies announced Wednesday of the arrest of a man who was caught dumping trash in the desert.
According to officials, on April 29, 2019, El Paso Sheriff’s Office Detectives assigned to the Montana Patrol Station conducted an investigation following a tip received on social media of an illegal dumping incident.
On April 27, 2019, a man was seen dumping a mattress and table in the desert area near the 2000 block of Jobe Road in far east El Paso, before driving away from the area.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified the person in the video as 27-year-old Olaoye Amussah.
On Tuesday, April 30, Amussah was taken into custody and booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility for Illegal Dumping (>5lbs <500lbs.)
Via a news release, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office also reminded the public that Illegal Dumping is punishable up to a third-degree felony dependent on the circumstance surrounding the offense.
Generally, the penalty is (1) a fine (2) confinement in jail; or (3) both fine and confinement.
A person commits an offense if the person disposes or allows or permits the disposal of litter or other solid waste at a place that is not an approved solid waste site, including a place on or within 300 feet of a public highway, on a right-of-way, on other public or private property, or into inland or coastal water of the state.
To report environmental crimes call: The Environmental Hotline 1-888-6ELPASO or 1-888-635-7276. City of El Paso Environmental Services 311 (915) 212-6000 or your local law enforcement agency.