Roosevelt County authorities crackdown on illegal dumpers

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One New Mexico county has a growing problem with people dumping their garbage everywhere. Now, police and deputies are offering rewards to catch the culprits.

“Dirty, it feels dirty. No pride,” said Sandra Lind, a Portales resident.

From tires, to wires and household trash – garbage is taking over ditches, roadways and yards in Roosevelt County.

“(I’m) concerned for the environment,” said Wayne Baker, a Portales resident. “I do the one mile pickup for rotary and it makes you very cognizant of people throwing trash out when you go to pick it up.”

Residents living in Portales have noticed the recent uptick in illegal dumping.

Streets like South Roosevelt Road 3 and T are at the center of it.

“We’ve had a few more incidents now within the last couple of weeks, so we’re just trying to hit it off before it becomes a huge problem,” said Lt. Javier Sanchez with the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department. “You know, we’ve seen washers, dryers, refrigerators, couches, any kind of household items. You name it, we’ve probably seen it out here.”

This week, two residents were cited for the crime.

Now, the county is asking residents to help hold these trash dumpers accountable, asking people to report anyone they see littering their town with a CrimeStoppers reward of up to $500.

“Just because people can’t see them doing it, they think it’s OK, they give themselves permission, but it’s not, so I’ll report it if I see it,” said Lind.

People caught illegally dumping their trash face up to a $300 fine.

There is a convenience center to take trash in Portales for a small fee. Larger items have to go to the Clovis landfill.

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