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  • What do local police do with confiscated drugs and eradicated marijuana?

  • Illegal drugs seized in criminal investigations are stored in police agency property lockers before prosecution. A countywide protocol determines how long evidence is retained, depending on a number of circumstances, said Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston.
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  • Illegal drugs seized in criminal investigations are stored in police agency property lockers before prosecution. A countywide protocol determines how long evidence is retained, depending on a number of circumstances, said Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston.
    When the evidence is no longer needed, either under protocol or court order, police dispose of drugs, which are generally burned. However, officials are somewhat tight-lipped about the exact disposal locations.
    "It could compromise the security ... if people knew the location of the destruction sites," said Medford Police Chief Randy Schoen.
    Schoen did say the police department relies on gas-powered, high-heat incinerators that meet standards set by the Department of Environmental Quality.
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