LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When an Angelina County grand jury met in May, they no-billed a man accused of dumping a barrel full of hog parts in August of 2014.
The no-bill ruling issued by the grand jury means that its members feel there is not enough evidence to proceed with a jury trial for Cody Glen Dew, 32, of Lufkin. Dew was originally charged with state-jail felony illegal dumping.
Captain Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office says this dumping case is interesting because typically illegal dumping is a misdemeanor but in this instance it was bumped up to a state jail felony because the hog parts were in a closed container which poses a greater health hazard.
Lenderman said that the barrel of hog parts created quite a stir. Sheriff's deputies, game wardens and the Texas Rangers were all called in on this case and spent 24 man hours and about $620 tax payer dollars working this case. Lenderman says this was all because the hog parts were in a container and officers didn't know what it was and needed time to properly identify the contents.