Dumping along river bank can be a costly action

Police in the Cartago area have been getting complaints of men with a red truck who were dumping trash in a river.

They reported they caught up with two men fitting that description Sunday and found branches and other trash dumped onto the banks of a river in Liceo de Paraiso de Cartago.

The men had a bad day. First, each had an outstanding arrest warrant for unrelated cases. Then traffic police assessed a 400,000 fine because the driver did not have a license, was contaminating a river and lacked other documents.

The men were taken into custody on the warrants, and the municipality has the option of assessing other fines today, police said. Local fines can range up to a half million colons or nearly $1,000.

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