Two men were arrested in the North Ward Wednesday evening on charges of illegal dumping after they were spotted throwing garbage bags near Greenwood Lake Street and Tiffany Boulevard.

Hector L. Delarosa, 43, and Randolph Robinson, 48, both of Newark, were observed by a concerned citizen driving a red pickup truck filled with debris traveling near Broadway and 2nd Avenue around 9 p.m.

Members of the Illegal Dumping Task Force observed the driver and a passenger exit the pickup truck at Greenwood Lake Street and remove multiple filled black garbage bags from the truck and toss the bags onto the street into a large pile, police said. 

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Detectives further observed the men, Delarosa and Robinson, removing additional debris and filled garbage bags and tossing them near a dumpster in the 100 block of Tiffany Boulevard, where they were arrested and charged with illegal dumping and illegal transport of solid waste. 

The red pickup was towed and is subject to seizure by forfeiture. 

"I want to commend the Newark Police Department for taking this issue seriously and creating an Illegal Dumping Task Force," said North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. "Illegal dumping impacts the quality of life in our community and is one of the top complaints my office receives from constituents."

The Illegal Dumping Task Force has made 27 arrests since its inception on June 12, 2017. 

Anyone with information about any incident of illegal dumping in Newark can call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.