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Lufkin Boy Scout raising funds for drug incinerator at Angelina Co. Sheriff Department

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:12 AM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin teen trying to become an Eagle Scout raising money for a new piece of equipment at the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, officials say will save the county money.

Seventeen-year-old Lufkin native Taha Nazeer is seeking to become an Eagle Scout. But for his service project, he says it’s about much more than a new rank.

“My dad, he’s a doctor,” Nazeer said. “He’s in the medical field. He’s seen how harmful it can be when people overdose on drugs.”

So, for his service project, Nazeer is raising money for portable prescription drug incinerator.

Taha Nazeer isn’t the first in the family to make this his service project but a continuation as well. His brother previously helped set up a prescription drug drop off box at Angelina County Sheriff’s Department.

“Over the past couple of years, the Sheriff’s Office has gotten a lot of drugs deposited in that, but the problem is they have to travel to Houston to get those drugs incarcerated,” Nazeer said.

Officials at the Sheriff’s Office say between 500 to 1500 pounds of drugs are sent to be incinerated annually. It can cost around $500 to incinerate the first 500 pounds of drugs with extra fees to incinerate each additional pound.

“I talked with Deputy Stephanie Davidson, she is Evidence Officer at the Sheriff’s Office, and it can cost upwards of $2,000 each year to get those drugs incarcerated,” Nazeer said.

“But then that’s not counting the employee’s salary, wear and tear on the vehicle and gas that we have to spend to do the travel,” Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches said

Sanches said his department is appreciative of Nazeer’s efforts.

“It’s good to see a young person that has the community in mind,” Sanches said “That wants to do something good for everybody. If we had more people like that, then our country would be so much better off.”

“People here pay taxes to Angelina County,” Nazeer said. “It would help save the county some money. It would help give them more money and resources for other important expenses like education or roads. Instead of having to spend money toward drug incineration. I’m helping facilitate that process of people putting in drugs to that drop box because I am trying to make it easier to dispose of those drugs properly by getting them incinerated.”

Nazeer set up a GoFundMe page. If you would like to donate, here is the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/drug-incinerator-needed-for-lufkin-tx

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