Drug busts pay dividends to area

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Earlier this year, when police arrested a man they said was growing marijuana at his home, the county also tried to get his house and ended up with $10,000 in cash.

When Franklin police received $98,000 from a federal drug bust years ago, that money went to buy three new police cars and firearms for officers. And the cars undercover officers use when buying drugs often come from people they have arrested on dealing charges.

During drug arrests, police seize a wide variety of evidence including cash and drug paraphernalia, such as pipes or scales. But they’re also taking other items, such as electronics, guns, vehicles or even property, that were being used by the people growing, selling or supplying drugs.

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