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Potter Co. in weed watchout mode

Chief Deputy Roger Short Chief Deputy Roger Short

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - As farmers across the Panhandle plan for this year's harvest, farmers in Mexico are doing the same thing... Only for many, their crop is less than legal.

Potter County is stepping up efforts to handle increased drug trafficking in our area. October marks the start of Mexico's marijuana harvest... Keeping local deputies very busy.

Potter County has several additional deputies patrolling I-40. They drive up and down a 30 mile stretch for 7 or 8 hours every day.

Chief Deputy Roger Short says, "There's a lot of drugs, a lot of money running up and down I-40. Drugs going one way, money going the other. Sometimes both. Its coming through. If it's not bound for Amarillo, it's bound for somewhere. So it doesn't make an difference. If we can get it off the streets, from anywhere, do any good for any part of this country, that's what we wanna do." 

At it's peak, deputies say they will easily make between five and eight busts a week... Well above normal. They are also using the county's drug dog Banny to help find probably cause to search vehicles.

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