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December 21, 2001

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Pratt: Pratt County reports largest marijuana bust

Pratt County authorities report seizing more than $500,000 worth of marijuana in the past week.

That includes one bust that officials said was the largest in county history 250 pounds of marijuana that a drug dog found in a motor home.

Pratt County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Tedder stopped a 32-foot motor home and with his K-9 partner, "Pico," found about 250 pounds of the suspected drug. Worth an estimated $361,000, it marked the largest marijuana bust ever in Pratt County, Sheriff Vernon Chinn said.

The two men in the motor home, ages 35 and 60, are being held in the Pratt County jail on bond.

Kansas City, Mo.: Teen gets 70 years for stealing two cars

A Kansas City teen-ager was sentenced to 70 years in prison for robbery, attempted robbery and armed criminal action.

Judge Edith Messina sentenced Montae Mitchell, 17, Thursday. He was convicted Nov. 13 by a Jackson County jury of stealing two cars at gunpoint and attempting to steal a third.

The same jury had found Mitchell innocent of first-degree murder in the death of Garland Hicks, who was shot after his car was stolen Sept. 22, 2000.

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