U.S. Attorney Indicts 3 For Environmental Crimes In Puerto Rico Wetlands

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  • The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico has indicted three men as part of an ongoing federal investigation into environmental crimes that were allegedly committed on protected land in the Caribbean island, according to a statement released by the USAOPR.
  • The charges relate to the illegal construction and deposit of material into the wetlands and waters of the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Two separate indictments charge three individuals for Clean Water Act violations.
  • From June 2018 to December 2023, Rafael Carballo-Díaz and Nathaniel Hernández-Claudio knowingly discharged fill material from excavation and earth moving equipment into the wetlands in violation of the Clean Water Act, according to the first indictment.