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Local law enforcement agencies take back drugs as part of national program

On Saturday, law enforcement agencies all around Tampa Bay took part in national National Drug Take-Back Day, and at least one broke a record.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office collected more than 1,500 pounds of drugs (mostly pills) during the four-hour event. Since the agency kicked off the local program in 2009, deputies people have dropped off nearly 13,000 pounds.

The Clearwater Police Department also had a big turnout, collecting about 600 pounds. That's nearly twice as much as officers received during an event in September.

In Hillsborough County, numbers will not be available until the drugs are sorted and weighed on Monday, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez. But the event went so well that the Sheriff's Office ran out of boxes and had to get more, she said.

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