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Confiscated scales tipped in favor of education

Hoping to put the tools of the drug trade to better use, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office plans to donate scales seized during drug arrests to the local school district.

On Tuesday, the first three scales _ two balance scales and a small electronic scale _ were turned over to Sanders Elementary School and Land O'Lakes High School.

The school district spends between $100 and $120 for an average triple-beam scale. An electronic scale can cost hundreds of dollars.

"Every little bit helps," said Max Ramos, principal at Land O'Lakes. "Scales deteriorate over the years, like anything else. But this is also a very powerful message the scales of justice, I guess."