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Reported by Justin Hanson

Hernando police build collection of confiscated items

Investigators with the Hernando police department have spent the past three years building quite a collection of confiscated goods. 

Guns, drugs and drug pipes, knives, marijuana are just a few of the items taken off the streets in Hernando.  They've been taken off the streets and put into a special collection started by police lieutenant Russell Perry.  

"(We want to) let people know what we're doing and trying to do to make the city a better place to stay," Perry said in an interview Monday.

Perry continues to add to the collection in hopes of using it to help educate the community.

"The public- they just can't really believe what they see that's actually out there," he said.   

Perry said a sawed-off shotgun was one of the first items he confiscated off Hernando streets. He was answering a domestic call when someone pointed the gun at him.

Officers collected most items through routine traffic stops. They get mixed reactions when they find something illegal.  One woman tried to play a bong off as a vase. 

"Some people act remorseful. There's two sorrys in the world: Sorry you did it, and sorry you got caught, and a lot of times, ours is the sorry you got caught,” said Hernando detective Michael White.

White said police in Hernando are always looking for something new to add to the collection.

"We'll still keep fighting and doing our best to get if off the streets,” White he said.

Perry hopes to take the collection to area schools next year in an effort to make kids aware of drug dangers.

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