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FWC charges Miami man with felony dumping

News Release

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Media contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459

It's not the usual fish and wildlife law violation case, but illegal dumping can have negative impacts on Florida's precious fish and wildlife resources.

After a two-month investigation, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested a Miami man last week for allegedly dumping approximately 500 pounds of construction debris off U.S. 27 in Broward County.

While on routine patrol in early March, officers noticed a fresh pile of construction debris off the highway shoulder. The debris included drywall, paint cans and copper wiring. A cardboard box with the shipping label still attached and fresh tire tracks from a rented truck led officers to a suspect.

It didn't take long for FWC officers to track him down. Orlienski Perez (DOB 10/18/72) admitted that he'd dumped the materials and that he knew it was illegal to do so. Last week, Perez surrendered to the FWC and was charged with felony littering more than 500 pounds and booked into the Broward County Jail.

"Our fish and wildlife already face so many natural threats, that manmade threats will not be tolerated," said FWC Lt. David Bingham.

FWC Facts:
It is common for closely related species such as bluegill (bream) and redear sunfish (shellcracker) to hybridize or spawn with each other.

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