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Trucker Jailed for Hauling Hazardous Materials

Truck driver Gary Rasmussen was sentenced in U.S. District Court in San Diego, CA to 5 months in jail for hauling and dumping hazardous materials without permits. Rasmussen was convicted of hauling crystallized picric acid, which is explosive and shock sensitive and dumping it at an unpermitted site in Chula Vista, CA. Rasmussen was also fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $50,689 to the Environmental Protection Agency for clean up costs. OIG investigated this case with the EPA’s Criminal Investigative Division, the FBI, the San Diego County Environmental Health Services Department, and the San Diego District Attorney's Office.