HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office is investigating an environmental crime, after they found a barrel full of dead animal parts in an East Texas creek.
Law enforcement officers were called out to the Biloxi Creek off Old Homer Alto road in Huntington around 5:00 p.m. on Friday, after a man said he smelled a foul odor coming from the water.
"The smell was unbearable, I mean if you didn't have a mask on you couldn't stay nowhere near it,” said Owner of Due Towing, Johnny Due.
At first, deputies thought they found a human body because of the smell, which is why they called in the Texas Rangers and Texas Parks and Wildlife for assistance.
"If something come up like that where there is an odor and we don't know what's in the barrel…we are going to treat it just like it is a crime scene,” said Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office.
However, when the contents of the barrel where spread out, it was clear that the smell was coming from parts of a decaying hog.
"One of the basic things is that there is a sign up there that says no littering, no trash and no dumping and it was dumped in the creek. Especially since all of the trouble that it caused we'll try to file the highest charge that we can," Lenderman said.
Lenderman said the barrel belonged to a local business man and that he had paid the suspect to take the remains and dispose of them properly but, the suspect instead dumped the barrel into the creek.
"The suspicions of this things was that it was in a barrel, but you know we were advised after the game wardens arrived that it's not uncommon for people to throw deer carcasses away," Lenderman said.
The suspect could be charged with a misdemeanor for littering and might face jail time for disposing of the animal improperly.