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Harrison Co. SO burns $5.5M worth of seized drugs

Disposing of drugs into fire. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office. Disposing of drugs into fire. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office.
Drugs burning. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office. Drugs burning. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office.
Drugs in burn hole. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office. Drugs in burn hole. Photo Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Office.

Released by The Harrison County Sheriff's Office:

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Sheriff Tom McCool and several Harrison County Deputies on June 8, 2011, oversaw the destruction of seized drugs, and drug related paraphernalia with a street value of approximately $5,500,000.00. These drugs were seized inside Harrison County during drug interdiction activities, traffic stops, and warrant searches over the last few years. The destroyed drugs included approximately 450 pounds of marijuana and approximately 486 pounds of cocaine, meth-amphetamine, and heroin, along with an assortment of items used to smoke or ingest the drugs. The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Harrison County District Attorney's Office gave Sheriff McCool the "go-ahead" to destroy the drugs after the court cases have been finalized.

Sheriff McCool lit the fire that consumed the drugs that filled the beds of two pickup trucks. The contraband was burned in a freshly dug pit. Because of the volatility of many of the items used in the manufacturing of the drugs, small explosions took place during the fire. After the drugs and paraphernalia were destroyed, the pit was sealed over with dirt. Sheriff McCool remarked "this was a good thing to get these drugs off of the street".

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