Illegal trash dumping leads to 2 arrests

Local contractors accused of dumping tile under bridge

SAN ANTONIO – Two local contractors, Hector Guifarro-Rodriguez, 35, and Carlos Guifarro-Rodriguez, 36, have been arrested on illegal dumping charges for allegedly disposing of construction materials under a Northeast Side bridge.

San Antonio police said they caught the brothers in the act about 8 p.m. Sunday as they used shovels to unload more than 200 pounds of broken tile and wooden molding from the back of an oversized pickup.

Police said they were dumping the used materials under a bridge at Judson and Lookout roads.

According to a police report, the suspects told the officers they were on their way to another job site, and did not have the money to take the materials to a proper waste management site.

The report states officers noticed a company logo on their truck, and that at least one suspect was wearing a shirt with that same company name on it. Police, however, redacted the name of the company from their report.

Both men were taken into custody. Since then, Carlos Guifarro-Rodriguez posted bond and was released from jail. As of Tuesday morning, his brother remained in custody.

The police report stated that both men originally are from Honduras.

Illegal dumping is a widespread problem in San Antonio and Bexar County, according to Tiffany Edmonds, public relations manager for the city's Solid Waste Management Department.

Edmonds said the department has a team assigned full time to cleaning up this type of trash.

In most cases, she said, the culprits are not found. However, when they are identified, the city usually will present them with a bill for the cleanup costs, Edmond said.

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