When submitting a cache I send the land managerís name and phone number to the reviewer and once placed I take and print pictures of that (each) actual cache container , print the cache page with cords as listed on GC, print pictures of the contents of each cache and give copies to the land manager/s (rangers, park personnel , etc.) plus to the local police. I also drop in or mail them updated print-ups of all the great comments cachers have posted about each cache. I donít know why but I thought everyone was just as careful but will now think twice about the caches I visit.
I do this for fun, and being hauled off to jail is not my ideal of fun-on-the-run.
As for esidue, every cityu and state park, every parking lot, every used car lot, airplane, etc. will have residue and I donít see all those people/owners/managers/etc going to jail.
Sorry you got caught up in someone elseís error.
The local police can go to the GC site and see where you did not own the cache nor did you cause anyone to trespass.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.