State agency budget cuts won't affect efforts to disrupt outdoor pot growing operations, a State Police official said.
Sgt. Mike Smith voiced concerns last year that budget cuts proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin could limit how often troopers are able to search for marijuana crops in 2013.
Now that those cuts have gone into affect, he said his program has largely been spared.
"It didn't affect us too bad," he said. "A lot of the money we use to combat drugs comes from asset forfeiture and that's into a totally different realm to where that money has to be spent fighting and trying to dismantle drug organizations."
Smith said marijuana eradication is an important issue in West Virginia because the state ranks fourth among the nation's top pot-producing states.
Last year State Police seized and destroyed more than 200,000 marijuana plants.
Smith said this year troopers are likely to find just as many.