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Dec 20, 2017 10:01 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Second Man In Three Months Charged With Dumping In Pine Barrens

Dec 20, 2017 10:11 AM

For the second time in three months, a man has been charged with illegally dumping materials in the Pine Barrens.

Accused of discarding a broken dresser and Christmas lights in the woods, Jorge Villalta-Nieto, 34, of Westhampton Beach was arrested on December 14 and charged with littering on public property, a misdemeanor, as well as violations of Southampton Town and Suffolk County codes. He is due to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court next month.

According to the Central Pine Barrens Commission, its Compliance and Enforcement Division turned incriminating surveillance information over to State Police, leading State Trooper Fabio Daino of Troop L in Riverside to obtain a written admission of guilt from Mr. Villalta-Nieto.

Trooper Daino did not return requests for comment.

In September, police caught Jon Savitt of Middle Island the same way after he dumped hundreds of bottles of expired energy drink in the Pine Barrens. Since then, Mr. Savitt has pleaded guilty and paid nearly $3,000 in fines and restitution.

“The public should know that dumping in the Central Pine Barrens will not be tolerated, and that violators are going to pay for their actions,” said Compliance and Enforcement Coordinator Tim Huss in a press release.

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