Burning seized drugs tougher than ever in East Tennessee

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities in Chattanooga say destroying confiscated drugs is more of a chore than it used to be.

Police Sgt. Craig Johnson says the closing of the U.S. Pipe foundry in April means that its furnace is no longer available. Authorities now have to travel more than an hour to a site where drugs can be burned.

Authorities have a burn pit at the city police services center, but Lt. Van Hinton of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office says burning large quantities of marijuana, pills and cocaine outdoors can lead to soil and air quality issues.

Facilities as far away as Knoxville are being considered for future burns.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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