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Cottonwood man caught dumping trash in forest

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Ramon Meza of Cottonwood reportedly admitted to a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy that he dumped the construction debris pictured above in the Prescott National Forest.

YCSO/Courtesy photo<br> Ramon Meza of Cottonwood reportedly admitted to a Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy that he dumped the construction debris pictured above in the Prescott National Forest.

A Cottonwood man has been charged with criminal littering after he dumped a trailer-load of construction debris on the Prescott National Forest.

Ramon Meza, 19, first denied then admitted to the investigating Yavapai County sheriff's deputy that he dumped the trash on the forest, according to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office press release this week.

After admitting guilt April 28, Meza told the deputy he was trying to avoid pulling the loaded trailer to the dump because he feared damaging his truck's rear-end components.

At the same time, Meza told the deputy he wanted to haul rock with the borrowed trailer.

Deputies estimated it would have cost $200-$350 to properly dispose of the debris.

Meza dumped the debris sometime before April 3 along Forest Road 119A, near Cornville Road and Beaverhead Flats in the Verde Valley.

Deputies looked through the pile of debris and found the name of a Rimrock drywall company. They contacted the owner, who said he didn't know anything about the incident. The owner later explained he had loaned the trailer to Meza with the agreement that Meza would dump the debris before using the trailer.

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