County wants cut of drug forfeiture funds

By September 8, 2010News

September 8, 2010 – CORPUS CHRISTI – Ten percent of Nueces County drug forfeiture funds could go toward community drug rehabilitation programs, such as Charlie’s Place, the Council for Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Coastal Bend and Palmer Drug Abuse.

Drug forfeiture money, seized by law enforcement during criminal investigations, usually is split between the sheriff and the district attorney’s office. Those offices can use it for law enforcement needs, such as purchasing additional equipment and paying confidential informants.

County commissioners approved a request Wednesday to shift up to 10 percent of those funds for drug rehabilitation programs. Nueces County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Galvan said during the meeting the department agreed to commissioners’ request to use a portion of the money.

As of Wednesday, the county’s drug forfeiture fund contained $237,000, according to the county auditor’s office. State law allows Commissioners Court to request up to 10 percent of those funds to use for drug rehabilitation and chemical dependency programs.
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