Don't Mess With Texas

by Jessica Cervantez

If you mess with Texas be ready to face stiff penalties. Local law enforcement is cracking down on illegal dumping.

The people responsible for turning an area of beauty into a dump will soon be facing prosecution.

Nacogdoches County Deputy Constable Tony Jasso said, "This is going to be refuge and everyday trash. We actually were called here by a person's whose grandfather owns this property. He was coming over the hill when he saw several people dumping out trash. It's a major concern when he says he's had to take refrigerators and air conditioners out of the creek."

The suspects have been identified by several pieces of mail and some pictures that were found in the trash, and now they'll have to pay the price.

Jasso said, "People don't think much of it, they don't think it's a serious crime, but in reality it is."

Illegal dumping has been found in the southeast part of Nacogdoches County. He says it may seem like no big deal to some people, but you can actually face a stiff fine, and even jail time.

Jasso said, "I think people do it simply because of laziness. They might not think there's anything illegal in doing it and it is illegal."

The fines run up to $500 and if the trash weighs more than a 1,000 lbs, it is classified as a felony, and you can face jail time.