The ongoing trashing of Barnstable has been a concern of the Barnstable Police Department for the last several years. Recently, police have picked up efforts to catch illegal dumpers in the Fresh Holes area and on Mary Dunn Road.
Police made headway in its efforts to curb illegal dumping with the use of surveillance in these areas and summonsed a local landscaper for illegal dumping.
Mary Dunn Road, comprised of wooded hiking trails and watershed properties, has become a dumping ground for construction materials and trash.
The recent summons is for dumping on Mary Dunn Road in Barnstable Village.
On Friday, police summonsed Darkys Marichal, 39, of Hyannis and owner of Marichal Landscaping. Along with facing criminal charges for illegal dumping, Marichal is allegedly responsible for cleaning the construction material they disposed of on Mary Dunn Road, police said.
"Over the past several years the quality of life issue, illegal dumping of household trash as well as construction debris has been a main topic when speaking with members of our community," Detective Kevin Connolly said.
The Barnstable Police Department, in conjunction with the Town of Barnstable Highway Department and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Crews, has done several cleanup projects on Marry Dunn Road over the past several years.
The most recent cleanup was January 26 and not more than three weeks later the surveillance system in place captured a Marichal Landscaping truck and trailer disposing of construction materials by an old pump house, right across the street from a protected water supply, police said.
Officer Bulman conducted an investigation that lead to charges being filed against Marichal.
"The Barnstable Police hope that this case leads as an example to anyone else who chooses to try and illegally dispose of household trash or construction debris in our community," police said. "We are working diligently to keep Barnstable clean and beautiful for future generations and anyone who violates these laws will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."