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These healthy marijuana plants were among those seized in a large indoor growing operation near Two Inlets last week. (Photo courtesy Hubbard County Sheriff's Department)

Law enforcement preserving evidence in pot case

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In court cases, there's a dastardly principal called "spoliation of evidence." Attorneys dread it.

It essentially means the evidence seized in a case has deteriorated, been damaged in an evidence room, has disappeared or spoiled over time. It can result in a case being tossed for lack of evidence.

So how does law enforcement, in the case of 97 healthy marijuana plants growing and recently confiscated, keep this type of evidence fresh? Hire a Master Gardener until trial?

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