New Hanover Sheriff receives $500,000 in forfeited currency

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Submitted: Fri, 07/12/2013 - 2:31am
Updated: Mon, 07/15/2013 - 3:23pm

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced Thursday the transfer of $505,503.06 in forfeited currency to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department. The transfer was authorized by the federal equitable sharing program enacted by
Congress in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 and administered by the United States Marshal’s Service. Under the program, local and state law enforcement agencies that assist in federal investigations which lead to the forfeiture of property may share in the proceeds. The share received reflects their contribution to the investigation and may be used for any approved law enforcement purpose.

United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker stated, “This significant forfeiture of funds from illegal activities will now be used to benefit the public and enhance law enforcement in New Hanover County. The joint investigation of the matter by federal authorities and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is a testament to how teamwork plays a priceless roll in the
investigation of crime.”

In FY 2012 alone, over $7.5 million dollars of forfeited property was equitably shared by the federal government with 105 state and local law enforcement agencies in the 44 counties of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Funds have been used for equipment, training, improvements to buildings, and salaries for new positions, among other things. Under federal
guidelines, equitably shared funds must supplement and enhance law enforcement budgets and not supplant already budgeted funds.

The investigation of this case by the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, uncovered a trail of drug dealing and attempted murder by deceased Canadian Jonathan MacDonald that stretched as far as Southern California and Arizona. The court ultimately rejected claims to the currency by the alleged heirs of
MacDonald and determined that the currency was drug proceeds.


  • tke1 says:

    This is the way things should be: let the crooks pay for law enforcement. We had a wonderful program with the NC Drug tax before the lawyers whined and cried and had the program gutted. Basically the Drug Tax agents were seizing the assets of the dealers before the dealers could get to the high powered drug facilitating attorneys. These attorneys cried and whined to the courts and the court made the tax into a joke.
    The drug tax program says that if you possess a certain amount of a controlled substance (drug) that you are classified as a dealer and as a dealer you are required to pay a tax on the substance and attach a tax stamp to your product. When the dealer fails to pay the drug tax, the agents seize money and other assets to pay the tax. The courts reduced the tax rates so the attorneys could get their money first.
    The assets and money went to the state, the investigating agency and other agencies. Crooks paying for their misdeed. The way it should be.

  • rosa says:

    trouble with this line of thought is many people lose property without having commited any crimes, second the police have very strong incentive (temptation) to fabricate crimes you commited even if you did not commit them, thus lie, cheat to get money for htemselves, and this is not a benefit to anyone except those who steal. the property owners has the proof of burden to prove they did not do something claimed, hence guilty until proven innocent and in most cases are unable to fight back due to asset seizures, and it is impossible to prove a negative. they are supposed to prove a positive, the proof of burden is always on the accuser not the accused but they have reversed this and thus in enforcing the counterfiet laws they are commiting them themselves and profitting off their own crimes. remember criminals are not supposed to benefit from their crimes, that includes lawenforcment who are supposed to be setting the example, and that example I am afraid is very bad. they should have to prove the proceeds were gotten by breaking the law before they can take anything. that way you have the funds for self defense, give power to other humans and dont be surprised they abuse it big time, humans cannot rule over themselves let alone others without devine direction. jeremiah 10:23

  • Guest 1492 says:

    I know; they could buy another helicopter!

  • Robocop says:

    Maybe they can use that forfeited $$$ to hire some fresh new Deputies that are not already brought up with this current batch of dirty breed of sheriff’s or put some of the current deputies on a fitness routine so they look like professionals and not like a bunch of sloppy rent a cops that their bellies hide their duty belts…. Just saying…

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