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Drought helps shut down drug growers

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR/NBC) - The current heat wave and drought plaguing the country is taking a toll on Oklahoma's marijuana crops, which is helping the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) catch offenders.

"We average about $1,500 a plant. That's the potential street value," said Mark Woodward of the OBN.

Mother Nature is giving the bureau an extra weapon to bust marijuana crops this summer.

"The plants are dying. What plants we are finding are in very bad shape," Woodward said.

In order for crops to survive it's going to take a dedicated pot farmer, which believe it or not, can be a good thing.

"In a traditional summer, they might come out to their patch once a week or once every two weeks. With this extreme heat that we've had this summer, if they want these plants to survive, they're going to have to literally be out there almost every day. And that's going to increase our chances of catching them," Woodward explained.

Fewer crops mean fewer man hours for agents, fewer arrests and less money spent on prosecuting and incarcerating offenders.

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