Help! Texas Cops Stuck With 200,000 lbs of Pot

Tiny sheriff's department can't afford to destroy confiscated cannabis
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted May 6, 2010 10:26 AM CDT
In this file photo of May 13, 2009 a grower holds a marijuana plant being grown for medical purposes inside a greenhouse at a farm in Potter Valley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

(Newser) – Your local sheriff's department has a problem. Who wouldn't want help out? So when Brooks County, Texas, complains that it has 200,000 pounds of marijuana on its hands and no funding to dispose of it, civic-minded blog Toke of the Town naturally offers to come to the rescue. The pot has been piling up since the turn of the century, stacked in storage trailers that need to be emptied to make room for new busts.

The expensive part is unwrapping the plastic that drug runners wrap around the weed; the department has only 7 deputies and one investigator. "Something tells me Toke of the Town readers could be of great assistance to the deputy," Steve Elliot writes. "After all, at a trying time like this, we all have to pitch in, people!

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