Enforcement

Status of Former EPA Fugitives

On this page, we provide information about the status of former fugitives. EPA removes fugitives from this web page 12 months after the final adjudication of their case. Since launching the EPA Fugitives website, 5 fugitives have been captured and 2 fugitives have surrendered.

To view a complete listing of EPA Fugitives still at-large, please visit the EPA Fugitives web page.

2009


photograph of captured fugitive Larkin Baggett

Larkin Baggett

  • September 19, 2007 - Baggett, owner/operator of Chemical Consultants, Inc. of North Salt Lake, Utah, was indicted in the District of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, on four felony counts of violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Title 42 Section 6928(d)(2)(A) and two felony counts of federal Clean Water Act Title 33 Section 1319(c)(2)(A).
  • Chemical Consultants, Inc. was a company that mixes and sells chemical products for use in various industries and was a large quantity generator of hazardous waste.
  • Chemical Consultants, Inc. is alleged to have dumped, without a permit, hazardous waste on to a gravel-covered portion of property leased to his business in 2003 and 2005.
  • He is also alleged to have dumped chemical wastes into the sanitary sewer in 2004 and 2005 which caused a total of 22 pass-through events at the South Davis Sewer District in Davis County, Utah.
  • It is alleged that he disposed of waste from sulfuric acids, hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids that he used to produce products his company sold.
  • Baggett was arrested on the above charges on September 20, 2007, by federal EPA-CID special agents and the Utah Attorney General's Office agents.
  • He was subsequently released from federal custody with conditions pending his trial.
  • April 22, 2008 - a federal arrest warrant was issued for Baggett for violating the conditions of his release pending his trial.
  • His trial was scheduled to begin on June 2, 2008.
  • Baggett was taken into Federal custody on March 13, 2009 in Florida.
  • April 16 2009 - Baggett was charged by a federal Grand Jury in Miami with assaulting law enforcement officers and illegally possessing eight firearms while he was a fugitive from the District of Utah on an environmental crimes prosecution.
  • July 6, 2009 - Baggett pled guilty to possessing eight firearms, including assault rifles, while a fugitive from justice in Utah, three Counts of assaulting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Special Agents, and one count related to assaulting a Monroe County deputy sheriff, all using a deadly and dangerous weapon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 111 and 922(g). Baggett also entered guilty pleas on two of the Counts brought against him in Utah (transferred to South Florida pursuant to Rule 20 of the Federal Criminal Rules), which charged he violated an effluent standard, pretreatment standard, and prohibition, and that he illegally disposed of hazardous waste without a permit, in violation of Title 33, United States Code, Sections 1319(c)(2)(A), 1317(d), 40 C.F.R. § 403.5(b)(2), Title 42, United States Code, Section 6928(d)(2)(A), and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.
  • Sentencing is scheduled for October 14, 2009.
  • October 14, 2009 - Larkin Baggett was sentenced to a total of 20 years incarceration: the statutory maximum for the environmental counts (3 years for Clean Water Act crimes and 5 years for hazardous waste crimes) and 12 years for illegally possessing firearms and aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.
  • July 9, 2010 - Baggett appealed his sentencing.
  • Baggett's appeal hearing was scheduled for February 28, 2012.
  • Baggett was scheduled to be sentenced on April 8, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Key West Division before Judge K. Michael Moore.
  • April 8, 2013 - Judge K. Michael Moore sentenced Larkin Baggett to the United States Bureau of Prisons to be imprisoned for a term of 156 months. Upon release, Baggett will be on supervised release for five years.

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