Terre Haute police: “Won’t be giving away paraphernalia”

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indianapolis police donated some items, such as fans and lamps that were seized in a marijuana bust to a high school in Terre Haute. This is instead of selling it off to pad the city’s general fund.

After hearing this, we decided to check in with Terre Haute law enforcement to see how they handle theirs. Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said they have a whole shed of drug paraphernalia sitting around.

But they’re not going to be donating it any time soon or even selling it.

Chief Plasse says this paraphernalia can be used for legitimate reasons. But he says most things they have like that will be destroyed.

He doesn’t want to send these things out into the community with possible illegal residue still on them. This includes even possible harmless objects found at pot farms.

“There’s a lot of mold spores in the marijuana plants that would be dangerous to breathe, so i would hope they would at least sanitize those things. The last thing you want to do is donate something from the school on a good faith donation and something bad would happen.”

One thing the department can clean up and sell is recovered stolen property, such as vehicles.

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