Confiscated from narcotics operations
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last week $500,000 dollars in seized drug monies was divided up and split amongst law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, the monies were confiscated in several narcotics operations in which the receiving agencies participated. This cash comes from federal cases routed through and worked in conjunction with local Narcotics Task Forces and police agencies.
Haenel explained, “Funds seized by the Task Force totaling about $500,000 were awarded through the Chapter 59 Statute regarding cash proceeds used to facilitate illegal drug operations being conducted in Fort Bend County. These funds were subsequently awarded to the Narcotics Task Force and participating members.”
The participating Task Force members were identified as the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Missouri City Police Department, the Houston Police Department and the Rosenberg Police Department. The Fort Bend District Attorney’s Office also gets a cut of the money for prosecuting the cases.
This seized money can be used for law enforcement purposes. This is part of the monies the sheriff promised to Commissioner’s Court for the purchase of new cars in exchange for unbudgeted promotions.