The owner of a junk removal business has been cited after some of the junk he removed allegedly found its way onto an orchard property in rural San Joaquin County.

Sheriff’s deputies said the owner of Dusty D’s Junk Removal, Damion Pursley, admitted to trashing waste at a private property on June 9.

The Sheriff’s Office said a resident had witnessed a junk removal truck illegally dumping debris onto his property near state Highway 26 and North Murray Road in Linden, east of Stockton, without permission.

The resident took photos of the vehicle and was able to provide deputies with suspect information.

According to deputies, illegal trash dumping is a growing problem within the county and a serious safety hazard.

Anyone who witnesses others taking part in illegal dumping is asked to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at 209-468-4400.

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Pagransen and its nonprofit news site Pagransen. She is a Report for America corps member.

Victoria Franco is a Stockton-based reporter covering the diverse news around the Central Valley as part of the Report for America program. As a Stockton native, Franco is proud to cover stories within her community and report a variety of coverage. She is a San Jose State University alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. In her collegiate years she was Managing Editor for the Spartan Daily. From her time at the Spartan Daily she helped lead her staff to California College Media Awards and a General Excellence first place. Victoria encourages readers to email her story tips and ideas at [email protected].