Officials: 6 arrested for illegal dumping in Pine Barrens

RIDGE –Six people were recently charged for illegal dumping that allegedly took place between May and July, according to the Central Pine Barrens Commission.

Some of the items that were illegally dumped in several areas of the Pine Barrens include paint cans, a drum set and a boat. Officials say illegal dumping could result in chemicals seeping into groundwater.

“If you’re caught dumping, you could be subject to tens of thousands of dollars in fines, the cost of restitution, possibly even jail,” said Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine.

The arrested men include Christian Manzi, Rocco Schuster, William Rodriguez-Ortiz, Byron Garcia-Perez and Calvin Cobb. They are facing charges that range from unlawful disposal of solid waste to dumping construction debris.

Authorities say they are looking for two more people suspected of illegal dumping in the Pine Barrens. A man and woman were caught on camera in Manorville apparently leaving several barrels filled with antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid in the woods.

Anyone with information about the illegal dumping is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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