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stolen from NE Seattle
Marijuana is not the only drug targeted by thieves. Theft of hard alcohol has been a problem since the approval of I-1183, the initiative that privatized the sale of hard alcohol, the Prevention WINS coalition learned during a recent general meeting. Unless the items stolen value at least $1,000, the King County Prosecutor's Office generally does not prosecute offenders. Both the Seattle Weekly and the West Seattle Herald reported on alcohol thefts recently.
As the Seattle Weekly notes, youth who are caught with alcohol (minor in possession) generally are not charged with a crime but are referred to the King County diversion program.