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Bryan County plans crackdown on illegal dumping

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An example of illegal dumping in Bryan County. (KTEN) An example of illegal dumping in Bryan County. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- Bryan County is cracking down on illegal dumping.

County Commissioners and the sheriff said it's been a bigger problem than ever over the last last several years.

"It's been bothering me for a while," said Commissioner Ron Boyer. "The residents have complained. I don't have any respect for anyone who has dumped illegally by the side of the road or other places."

Property owner Larry Elrod knows the problem all too well.

"I tend to get dumping right at my gate so I can't get in or out of my property," he said.

Boyer said he's excited that Sheriff Johnny Christian is getting involved. He plans to install surveillance video around the county at popular dump sites, a tactic that has already proved to be effective.

"Just this week, we've been able to get a couple of people illegally dumping and law enforcement action has been taken," Christian said. "We have a beautiful county; we want to keep it that way."

The sheriff and commissioner have been meeting with the Corps of Engineers to monitor illegal dumping around Lake Texoma and the Red River. They urge residents to use legal means to get rid of unwanted trash.

The Durant landfill is one solution; the small fee charged is insignificant compared to a fine of up to $1,000 and a misdemeanor offense on your record.

"A lot of time we enforce the laws and protect the victims, but this is something that you can make a difference and make something pretty," Christian said.

If you see someone engaged in illegal dumping the sheriff asks that you take pictures of the offense and contact the department. For your own safety, don't attempt to approach illegal dumpers.

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