ROCK SPRINGS — A contractor working in the Jackson area received a ticket after law enforcement discovered litter on public land north of Farson.
Investigators said Monday 31-year-old Idalia Reyes-Cruz of Denver faces a $780 fine if convicted, The Associated Press reported.
Bureau of Land Management High Desert District Law Enforcement concluded an investigation into industrial debris found off U.S. Highway 191. The pile containing roofing materials and construction trash was discovered by a BLM employee on May 13, and was reported to the authorities. Jonah Energy personnel also reported it the following day.
During the investigation a water bottle was found with a name written on it, a BLM law enforcement official said. Investigators that person down and used invoices left at the scene to determine the company responsible.
The BLM learned the trash originated from a contractor working in the Jackson area and was traveling back to Colorado through Farson, the official added.
The law regarding the illegal disposal of trash on public land is 43 Code of Federal Regulations 8365.1-1 (b)(4). The crime is a misdemeanor and carries a maximum one-year jail sentence and a $100,000 fine.
Once law enforcement confirmed the identity of the person who illegally disposed of the material on public land and spoke with him about it, a substantial citation was issued. The officer added there consequences for these actions, and we must all work together to keep our public lands clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy safely.
The BLM thanked Jonah Energy employee volunteers who removed the trash and debris from the area.