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Oregon Inmate Faces Hefty Garbage Fine While Serving Sentence

Willy Joe Jenkins is facing a $25,383 garbage fine while serving a five-year prison sentence for gun and methamphetamine crimes.

Willy Joe Jenkins, a current inmate at Snake River Correctional Institute in Ontario, Ore., is facing a $25,383 garbage fine while serving a five-year prison sentence for gun and methamphetamine crimes.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) sent him a notice of the fine, which is being issued due to the approximate 37.5 tons of garbage piled up around his property, and is giving him until mid-November to clean up the trash.

Since Jenkins won’t be released until at least the year 2020, he could hire a contractor to remove the trash from his property. If he doesn’t pay the fine or get the trash removed from his property, the DEQ could place a lien on his property and claim payment when the property sells.

The Oregonian has more:

Oregon environmental regulators issue plenty of fines for violations, but the penalty they levied on a Coos County man for tons of trash piled up around his property close to the Oregon Coast comes with an odd twist.

The state Department of Environmental Quality sent him notice of the $25,393 fine while he is serving a five-year prison sentence on the other side of the state. Willy Joe Jenkins, 43, is an inmate at Snake River Correctional Institute in Ontario. He was convicted in 2015 of gun and methamphetamine crimes.

The DEQ has given Jenkins until mid-November to clean up the mess still at his home on Seven Devils Road southwest of Coos Bay. The DEQ reports that Jenkins has about 37.5 tons -- 250 cubic yards -- of trash strewn around his property. A typical dump truck holds about 10 cubic yards of material, so the junk would fill about 25 dump trucks.

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