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Washington Law Enforcement Taking Down Pot

Recent research says that only 8% of marijuana plants are seized but don't fault Washington law enforcement for trying.

They are poised to set a new record this year, breaking the 2005 mark of 135,000 seized marijuana plants.

Kennewick Police alone have seized over 1,200 grams of pot and 24 plants this year. Police agencies say tips from the public and more attention to both indoor and outdoor marijuana grows has made all the difference.

Police say taking down marijuana has a big impact on other crimes.  Sgt. Chris Walters of Kennewick Police says, "If we can address the narcotics and can get that cleared up, many times it effects our other crimes, it's kind of a circle as we address one thing other things go down."

The arrests of Washington marijuana growers led to the seizure of 190 weapons in 2006. Washington State Patrol says this year's success is because of the cooperation between the state's many law enforcement agencies.