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PA TWO FLORIDA MEN AND COMPANY FACE HAZARDOUS WASTE CHARGES
Release Date: 08/14/98
FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 1998
TWO FLORIDA MEN AND COMPANY FACE HAZARDOUS WASTE CHARGES
Manuel Edward Rojas of Miami, Fla., and Manuel Jesus Rojas, of Weston, Fla., were arrested on August 4, in the Miami area on charges of conspiracy and charges of violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act by illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste. Both men and County Line Moving and Storage Inc., of Miami, were previously indicted on July 31 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami. The current charge allege that in April 1997, the Rojas’ met with an undercover officer and offered to pay the officer to illegally remove, transport and dispose of drums of waste material which were to be dumped into the Everglades. If convicted, each of the men faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000 per day of violation. The company faces a maximum fine of up to $500,000. The case was investigated by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Florida Marine Patrol.