400 Pounds of Drugs & Needles End up at L.A. Cop Station Each Week
We know you like your drugs, people, but this is ridiculous.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department says about 400 pounds of drugs, including prescription bills, bottles, illicit substances, and used needles, end up in their anonymous drop boxes at one station alone ... every week.
Whew. We asked Deputy Joshua Dubin for an explanation:
He said the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station has three drop boxes: One for unwanted or outdated prescription drugs, one for illicit drugs and one for used needles, which often come from diabetics.
"We empty them out every few days and get about 400 pounds of stuff a week," Dubin said. "A majority of it is prescriptions, there are a lot of needles, and we do get people that try to get clean and turn in meth, marijuana."
A good example of the casual drug dumper here is whomever turned in several bottles of outdated prescription medicine belonging to a deceased man, likely a relative, more than a week ago, Dubin said.
Narcotics detectives go through such items so they can properly dispose of the drugs (so they don't end up in the wrong hands). The medicine belonged to a man who had died. The drugs had expired in 1990, he said.
In one of those bottles, however, was gold jewelry, including a necklace and two bracelets, that had belonged to the deceased.
Using the name on the prescription, deputies tracked down a relative, a 46-year-old university professor in San Diego, who was happy to get the items of sentimental value back, deputies said.
Dubin said the prof didn't appear to be the one who discarded the medicine.
So many drugs. There had to be treasure found among them sometime.
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