New Jersey officials have been struggling to find the source of medical waste that has been washing up on its shores — closing various beaches. They now have the culprit: Dr. Thomas McFarland, who has reportedly confessed to the crimes.
McFarland, 59, took his motorboat out into the water to dump a bag full of some 300 dental-type needles, 180 dirty cotton swabs and other materials from his Pennsylvania medical office. Each count for dumping medical waste can carry a maximum prison term of five years as well as a $125,000 fine.
A wrapper for a drill bit led police to McFarland.