Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - It's a crime, hurting the environment and creating tons of waste, and it results in a big eyesore for East Texas neighbors.
An illegal dumping tip led authorities to a site this morning a few miles outside Troup, off County Road 2160.
Authorities loaded more than 900 pounds of trash onto a trailer as evidence. Everything from a Christmas tree to old tires, covered the ground at the dump site.
"It's been an ongoing problem for years," said Det. Mike Burton, with the Smith County Environmental Crimes Unit. "We're not gonna give up. The main thing I want the people of Smith County to know is we're behind them and we're not gonna tolerate this in Smith County. When we find it, we're gonna follow through with it."