JONESBORO — One man. One county. 100,000 tires.
Clayton County Police say they are looking for Donald Deon Leverette, 35, who they say is responsible for dumping those tires at various locations since at least 2017.
Union City officials also allege Leverette is responsible for a massive tire dump there.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill has placed Leverette on his Ten Most Wanted list. According to Hill’s Nixle feed, “Clayton County Police Code Enforcement, Clayton County Department of Corrections, and D.N.R. (Georgia Department of Natural Resources) joined forces to conduct an extensive investigation to find out who was responsible for the massive environmental pollution. Code Enforcement Assistant Commander Lt. James Robinson, Clayton County Department Of Corrections Capt. Boyd, and K. Godbee from the Department Of Natural Resources (were) able to identify Donald Deon Leverette as the perpetrator of the serial tire dumping after an extensive investigation.”
According to CCPD spokesperson Ofc. Marcena Davis, Code Enforcement officers began setting up video surveillance in different locations. Then, they interviewed several witnesses, who said Leverette “would pay individuals to rent U-Haul trucks using their identity and allow him to use the truck. Leverette would then dump hundreds of tires through Clayton County.”
Leverette, who has two warrants on felony dumping charges, already has a Feb. 1, 2018 case pending on tire disposal restrictions in Magistrate Court before Judge Wanda Dallas.
In November 2007, Leverette was charged in Clayton County Magistrate Court with weapons violations, specifically carrying a pistol without a permit and carrying a concealed weapon, as well as an open container violation and marijuana possession under one ounce. However, those charges were thrown out for lack of cause and an order for his release was issued. Hill says he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Leverette is described as a black male approximately 6 feet, 5 inches tall and 215 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair that he may wear in dreadlocks.
Anyone who knows of Leverette’s whereabouts is asked to contact Clayton County Police or the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad at 770-477-4479 immediately.
Anyone who sees Leverette is asked to dial 911.