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New Jersey police charge man with illegal dumping

New Jersey State Park Police have charged a 31 year old Trenton man with illegal dumping in connection with two piles of roofing and other wastes that were found in Wharton State Forest during an annual regional clean up held by 4-wheel drive groups.

Selvin Lima was charged with illegal disposal of solid waste, a second-degree criminal offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. The debris included roofing shingles, wood pallets, cardboard and plastic found along a dirt road off Route 206 in Shamong Township, Burlington County. The dump site was located in Wharton State Forest, about two miles south of the Atsion Recreation Area.

The debris was found in two piles, each covering an area of about 10’ by 15’, by participants in the 12th Annual Pine Barrens 4-Wheel Drive Cleanup on October 27. The group hauled away the materials as part of its cleanup effort.

Lima was released after posting 10 percent of $10,000 cash bail pending a court hearing.