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El Paso sheriff unveils $160k 'dope burner'

The narcotics-burning incinerator can destroy 1,500 pounds of drugs at a time

El Paso Times Editorial Board

EL PASO, Texas — Sheriff Richard Wiles is using dope money, confiscated from dopes and dope rings, to burn dope. It's a good thing all the way around.

This month, Wiles presented to the public a narcotics-burning incinerator that can destroy 1,500 pounds of drugs at a time. Yes, fully destroy because the temperature inside the device can reach 1,800 degrees. You don't want to try roasting marshmallows in that thing.

The $160,000 incinerator was paid for with confiscated drug money. Now, that's a solid one-two punch to the drug cartels. First punch: The law has some of their money from illicit drug deals. Second punch: The law is burning some of their would-be profits.

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