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Waynesboro to Bill Manufacturers of Illegal Drugs for Cleanup Costs

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Waynesboro city leaders want people who try to manufacture meth to pay for what it costs the city to clean up the mess. Wednesday, Waynesboro City Council voted to bill the drug makers for the damage done.

The busts this year racked up about $6,500, but even though the responsibility is now shifted to the people responsible for the crimes, there are doubts that'll actually pan out.

The Waynesboro Police Department can now bill drug manufacturers for the fees involved in removing and decontaminating homes with suspected drugs and drug devices. But city leaders and police officers acknowledge that the chances of recovering the money - at least completely - from those at fault are slim.

"They're going to owe fines and costs back to the court. And the courts are very persistent in getting their money. So, it's a likelihood if we see any money coming back, it'll be a nominal amount, but it is again, a very symbolic gesture,” said Sgt. Brian Edwards of Waynesboro police.

The most recent raid was in September on Sherwood Avenue. Police say that bust was more expensive than the others, due to the amount of equipment and drugs recovered.

If those found guilty of manufacturing meth are unable to pay back the city, the burden will be shifted back to the taxpayers.

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