Investigators go after illegal dumpers in Ada County

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Spring cleaning can mean trouble for the Ada County Sheriff's Office and big fines for those who don't properly get rid of their trash.

As spring rolls in, open areas in the foothills and desert are piling up with trash, even though it's illegal. In Idaho, illegal dumping can result in up to a $1,000 fine and six months of jail time.

Ada County inmate workers spent hours earlier this week cleaning up one area near Eisenman Road and Freight Street. But several spots nearby are still covered in trash.

Ada County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Vickers says most of the people who make these messes don't realize that it's not hard for investigators to find something in a pile of trash that can be traced back to the person who dumped it.

"Serial numbers on televisions...we try to track down stuff like that," Vickers told KBOI.

Vickers says he's found numerous people through clues like mail and serial numbers.

"It's a shock to them when we come knocking on the door," Vickers said.

Deputies usually make the law breakers clean up what they dumped in addition to their fine and possible jail time.