Farmer Admits Filling Wetlands With Contaminated Dirt

A Jones County farmer has pleaded guilty in federal court to filling wetlands with contaminated dirt.

Randolph Foy, Jr. made the plea Monday before U.S. District Judge James Dever.

The feds say Foy operated a farm in Trenton, and in April 2010 he an a co-conspirator agreed to fill an area of the property. That co-conspirator delivered 50 to 60 dump truck loads of dirt, and a bulldozer pushed the dirt to wetlands of a tributary to the Trent River. Investigators later learned the dirt was petroleum-contaminated soil.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says when all this was happening the farm participated in a state and federal wetland conservation program which they received money.

Foy will be sentenced in February and faces up to three years in federal prison.


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  • by Tommy Location: jacksonville on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:22 PM
    what a bunch of garbage!!crucify someone doing what he believed was doing good. as far as prison, I think our justice system needs to worry about the pedophiles, rapist and murders who usually get little time. SOME PEOPLE NEED TO GET A LIFE. We will support him 100%. Tommy Silance, proud nephew.
  • by Sandy Location: Greenville, NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 10:47 AM
    I personally know this man to be a wonderful, loving and caring individual. I'd trust him with my life, as would almost everyone else who knows him. He would never knowingly do anything like this. And, as his daughter stated earlier, he cleaned it up and paid for it. He should not have to go to prison for making a mistake. It would be a horrible disservice to his family, his friends, and his community. Three years in prison for something that isn't his fault is OUTRAGEOUS!!! Sandra Brinkley proud family member
  • by Just sayin Location: Trenton NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    I truly hope that the court systems take into consideration all of the facts when trying this case. This man would NEVER do anything to ruin or contaminate the land that he himself lives on! The truth of the matter is, it's not even his land, it belongs to his mother. The dirt came from a military base and was dumped by someone who was contracted (& paid) by the government to dispose of it. There were no areas around large enough to contain the amount he needed to haul off. The farmer had an area that years ago had been cleaned out and it needed to be filled anyways. His acceptance of the dirt onto the land was a win win to him. Do you even have any idea how big a hole has to be to hold 6 tons of dirt?? He DID NOT know that the dirt was contaminated. Who could have? Did he personally haul the dirt, or even put it in the ground? No!! Is there a written agreement that he gave the other person permission to unload? Absolutely nothing but someone elses word of mouth. I cannot believe the comments and childish of people. He pled guilty to allowing the dirt to be brought in people, not of knowing it was contaminated. It would be a ashame and waste of taxpayers money to take someone who has NEVER had any type of criminal record or action to spend years of his life behind bars. The dirt is gone, there is no damage done. Punish the ppl that had the contract with the military and KNEW what they were doing!!
  • by Farmer's Daughter Location: Trenton NC on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:15 AM
    I am in awe of some people's ignorance as I read these comments! I wonder how many of you even know this farmer - and hello FAMILY, why hide your names? We know who you are, and I don't know how you sleep at night!! Let's see how many of you rush on over to take care of things if he goes to prison - it'd be nice if you'd gave back, instead of take, for once! This farmer is a good man!! He works from sun up to sun down 7 days a week to preserve this farm, and would NEVER intentionally do something to hurt it - has anyone mentioned that he cleaned up the contaminated dirt? It's been gone for over a year. He without a doubt did not know that dirt was contaminated - he did not profit a thing from it. I guess that turning a GOOD MAN into a bad guy in the eyes of everyone in Trenton makes you feel better about your sorry little lives. I am very PROUD to be his daughter!! He mad a mistake trusting that dirt was clean. PERIOD! As humans, we all make mistakes.
  • by justice on Oct 18, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Sure everyone is entitled to their own opinion but if you only knew the whole story you may have a different opinion. In this case, greed is the root of all evil. Let someone dump loads of contaminated dirt in your backyard without your consent and see how you would feel!
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      by Farmer's Daughter on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to justice
      why didn't you use your name, COWARD??? doesn't matter, we know who you are, and you're right, YOUR greed and jealousy is the root of this evil!
  • by anonymous on Oct 18, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    Bad situation. Crazy part is,it's not even the farmer's land.Also,where is the trucking company that without a doubt knowingly hauled contaminated dirt off the base?
  • by Jimmy Carter not to bright on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    President Jimmy Carter paid farmers for thr total amount of land they tilled so farmers tilled everything including wetlands at an enormous rate
  • by dee dee Location: t-town on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:36 AM
    im with you fed up, let him ROT in FEDERAL PRISON!!!! People aggravate the heck out of me when they do something and they think just because it may not be physically hurtung someone than it's the right thing to do, that is until they get caught. WRONG, do what you know is right the first time and if you don't know ask questions, someone knows the answer. Dont assume anything is right if you have doubts.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Oct 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM
    So what it was contaminated? He had work right? He had a job! Not letting those ridiculous regulations getting in his way. Makes me thirsty for a large glass of scum just reading about it.
  • by Mike on Oct 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM
    Sending a guy to prison bc he dumped a few loads of dirt where he shouldnt?? Gimme a break!! Hopefully he won't have to do any time for this "crime"
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      by Farmer's Daughter on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:19 AM in reply to Mike
      We can only hope and pray that he doesn't go to prison - there's no justice in that!
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