Christmas tree and old tires found in illegal dump

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."

Police are still looking for the man responsible. They believe it is 47-year-old Michael Andre Swan, and they have a warrant for his arrest on an illegal dumping charge - a state jail felony in Texas.