Man charged in illegal dumping


Henry Purnell Guercio Jr., 42, of Coconut Court in Bel Air has been charged with illegally disposing of scrap tires for monetary gain and with commercial dumping, the attorney general's office has announced.

Investigators say the dumping occurred between Aug. 15 and Dec. 1, last year on a farm at 309-311 W. Wheel Road.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of $25,000. The trial has been set for Sept. 25.

The filing of charges in District Court follows a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental Crimes Unit of the attorney general's office and the state police, with the assistance of the Maryland Department of Environment's Scrap Tire Program.

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