Phoenix DEA needs help to burn tons of seized pot

The drugs are usually tightly compressed ‘bricks’ or ‘bales’/dea.gov

By David Hudnall | Phooenix New Times

Just as Phoenix New Times currently has marijuana-related staffing needs, so, too, does the Phoenix division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A recent “sources sought notice” from the DEA seeks a local contractor with an incinerator capable of running “a minimum of eight consecutive hours per day” and processing at least 1,000 pounds of bulk marijuana per hour.

“The drugs are usually tightly compressed ‘bricks’ or ‘bales’,” the notice states. The chosen contractor would also be tasked with destroying “papers, cassette tapes, pharmaceuticals, and other incidental controlled substances,” the DEA says.

The DEA seizes a tremendous amount of pot every year — more than four million plants and 363,000 pounds of bulk marijuana in 2019 alone.

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