Illinois Police Departments Could Soon be Permitted to Use “Drug Terminator”

Springfield… Legislation aimed at saving local municipalities money has passed both the House and Senate chambers in Springfield.  House Bill 3152, sponsored by State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park), permits a law enforcement agency to dispose of controlled substances on location in a “drug destruction device,” rather than transport and pay for the destruction by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

“Currently, ISP are responsible for destroying controlled substances after the trial judge has granted a motion for destruction of evidence,” said Rep. Cabello. “The burden for transportation and disposal falls on the arresting police department. For example, the Rockford Police Department spends around $12,000 dollars each time it has to dispose compared to just $4,500 to purchase the Drug Terminator.”

The Drug Terminator safely destroys drugs and narcotics with minimal emissions. Once the unit reaches an optimal temperature, the Easy-Feed Cartridge allows the user to continuously add content into the barrel without the threat of smoke and fumes contaminating the surrounding area. The ashes left from the incineration are considered non-retrievable and are disposed via landfill.

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) helped craft the legislation to
help meet their air quality standards. The bill now heads to the Governor where it will await his signature into law.