Old evidence destroyed in Etowah County

(photo source Etowah County Sheriff's Department)
(photo source Etowah County Sheriff's Department)

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - Etowah County Sheriff's Office investigators destroyed approximately 400 bags of narcotics Tuesday.

Sheriff Todd Entrekin, in a statement to FOX6 News, said the narcotics were varying amounts of marijuana, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

"The narcotics were seized as evidence in drug related cases dating back to 1999, prior to the formation of the Etowah County Drug Enforcement Unit," said I.D. Investigator Misty Otwell.

Every three months, the sheriff's office says it receives a list from the district attorney of cases that have been cleared from the court system.  A court order to destroy the evidence is then signed by Etowah County's four circuit judges before the evidence is destroyed.

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