Caught and Charged

Illegal.Dumping.Howard.Gonzo.City.AttorneyCity Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Councilmember Jose Huizar recently announced charges against two suspects who were caught on camera allegedly dumping illegal waste in El Sereno. LA Stormwater’s very own environmental compliance inspectors Howard Wong and Gonzalo Barriga were instrumental in the investigation, securing the video footage and providing the evidence that led to a prosecution filing by City Attorney Trutanich.

“Thanks to hard work and our use of technology we were able to charge these suspects with crimes against our quality of life,” City Attorney Trutanich said. “But this kind of vigilance requires a team effort and we need all Angelenos to be on the lookout for criminals trashing our neighborhoods.”

The use of surveillance cameras at suspected dump sites throughout the city will be key in prosecuting future incidents.  Councilmember Huizar encouraged the filing of cases such as these by the City Attorney’s Office and committed to purchasing additional cameras to be used at similar sites throughout Council District 14. “This is an example of what happens when residents, city departments and elected officials work together to send a clear message to those who litter our neighborhoods, hillsides and open spaces,” said Councilmember Huizar. “We will not tolerate it and I’m going to continue to work with the City Attorney’s office to crack down on other violators in my district.”

Remember that you’re the eyes and ears of the City! If you see suspicious activity that could negatively impact our rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches, please call the LA Stormwater hotline at (800) 974-9794 or file an online incident report.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

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