Detroit continues crackdown on illegal dumping

Karen Bouffard
The Detroit News

The city of Detroit continued its crackdown on illegal dumping this fall with arrests in two separate incidents involving mattresses and tires and they're on the lookout for suspects in two additional incidents. 

In October, the Detroit Police Department's General Assignment unit responded to a witness's tip that a man driving a gray 2009 Chevrolet van was dumping tires on the 700 block of E. McNichols.

The vehicle was spotted still in the area, and an officer initiated a traffic stop. James Derwa of Warren admitted he dumped the tires and had more tires left in his truck. Derwa was issued a $200 blight violation and his vehicle was impounded. 

On Nov. 5, the unit received a tip that a suspect driving a red Chevy pickup truck was seen dumping two mattresses in the southwest Detroit.  After an investigation, Fidel Acosta-Jimenez of Detroit was charged with littering, issued a $500 blight violation and his vehicle was impounded.


Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood said the city's illegal dumping program was fully implemented in November 2017, when officers began impounding vehicles for illegal dumping. 

Since then, 208 warrants have been issued for illegal dumping, as well as 86 arrests, 190 blight violations and 102 vehicles impounded, according to the General Assignment Unit, which investigates dumping complaints.

Fidel Acosta-Jimenez

Police are trying to  identify two unknown suspects wanted in connection with illegal dumping that occurred Nov. 10 on the city’s east side.

The incident happened at about 11:13 pm when a dark colored pickup truck, possibly a GMC or Chevy, was spotted towing a boat. The suspects got out of the truck, unhooked the boat and drove off.  The truck may have light covers over each tail light, and has a partial license plate of "CDC," police said.


Witnesses or tipsters with information on this or other dumping incidents are asked to contact the Detroit Police Department’s General Assignments Unit at 313-596-2260, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.