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The marijuana plants seized in a rural Hubbard County bust two weeks ago sit outside with grow lights, humidifiers and other equipment used in the sophisticated growing operation. (Submitted photo)

Pot evidence being dried, bagged and saved for trial; three post bond

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In court cases, there's a dastardly principle 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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