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Four truckloads of trash hauled out of Stateline forest

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Harrah’s employees cleaned up the forest behind MontBleu and Harrah's recently.

Four dump-truck loads of trash were recently hauled out from the forest behind MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa and Harrah's Lake Tahoe in Stateline by volunteers from Harrah's Entertainment and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

In years past the area has been known to serve as a small, and illegal, homeless camp, Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith said.

A few members of Douglas County Sheriff's Office SWAT team, along with employees of Harrah's checked and cleaned up the make-shift campsites which contained bedding, furniture, drug paraphernalia and rubbish.

Law enforcement issued an illegal camping citation to one person.

"There is health and safety issues we are addressing in these camps, the sanitation issue, and the threat of wildfire for those camping here are concerns we have," said Sgt. Ron Elges of Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Everyone they encountered was cooperative, and referral resources were available to those who wanted assistance, according to Smith.