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Posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 6:45 am

An Odessa man was arrested Thursday in connection with an illegal dumping accusation that is also being processed in civil court.

Raymond Ramos, 29, was charged with a Class A and Class B misdemeanor for acts related to low level radiative waste.

Ramos was being held Thursday at the Ector County Detention Center on $1,500 bond. (Jail records indicate his first name is Raymundo.)

According to an arrest affidavit, Environmental Enforcement Officer Ted Yelley began investigating Ramos and Javelina Environmental Services on Jan. 25 for illegal dumping.

A fake manifest was created for the transportation of radioactive waste material, primarily oil filters and other materials, according to the arrest affidavit.

After the waste was rejected by a disposal facility, Ramos and another employee made the decision to drop the filters off in the 1800 block of Knox Avenue, according to the affidavit.

Ramos dropped the filters off in June 2012, according to the affidavit, where they remained until discovered in January 2013.

According to the affidavit, Ramos admitted he was not licensed to dispose of radioactive material but he was aware of the incident.

Javelina and owners Enrique Villanueva and Tomas Contreras were sued in civil court by Ector County in May of this year for the alleged illegal dumping.

According to a previous Odessa American story, the lawsuit claimed that the company disposed of oil filters, a 55-gallon drum, a 95-gallon overpack, a fiberglass tub, tarps and liquids that were found to contain radium and other radioactive materials.

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