Case number 175055162 is just one of 675 drug cases the Bowling Green Police Department Evidence Unit destroyed today.
"We do this twice a year because we can only store so much evidence in our intake system, so it's just a way of getting rid of some of the evidence that's in storage."
The supervised burns happen at the Police Firing Range. The majority of the evidence envelopes contained marijuana. Police videotape the burns for record keeping purposes. That's why the numbers are read before each envelope is tossed into the flames.
"These are cases that were disposed by the court system. Basically it's for record keeping. We're showing that we disposed of these cases by burning the evidence associated with these cases."
Anything that could explode is removed prior to tossing it in the fire. They say there is almost no environmental danger to burning the drugs and paraphernalia and it's the best way to ensure it is destroyed.
"The best way to dispose of the drugs is burning them. You can try to crush it or things like that but our best bet actually is to burn it."
In addition to marijuana they burned evidence envelopes containing methamphetamine, cocaine, and Oxycontin, keeping at least some of the drugs in Bowling Green off the streets until they do it all over again in six months.