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Justice Department Redistributes Seized Crime Money to Local Law Enforcement

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 3:31 PM

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Over the past few years the Department of Justice seized millions of dollars from criminal activity in Northeast Ohio. Today the department announced some of that money will go back to local law enforcement.

The money came from three federal cases including Northeast Ohio’s largest heroin bust, a money laundering case and a 2010 traffic stop in Twinsburg that yielded more than $600,000 dollars.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach says $3.4 million will be distributed to departments and agencies in Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Lake County in proportion to their contributions to solving those cases.

DETTELBACH: “It’s a government program that makes a lot of sense. It’s not taxpayer money, it’s actual crime money that’s funneled back into fighting crime. It makes all the sense in the world.”

A representative for the Department of Justice says the office is authorized to disperse assets from criminal activity to local law enforcement every few years under the federal Equitable Sharing Program.

The Justice Department will also distribute twelve cars and a 43-carat “Golden Eye” diamond. The diamond was auctioned off, and the cars will go to the FBI and police forces in Northeast Ohio.

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