SD cops cash in on drug money

PIERRE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced Tuesday that several law enforcement agencies throughout the state have been given awards from the Attorney General’s Drug Control Fund.

The Drug Control Fund is funded by drug forfeiture monies to be used for enforcement in drug control and apprehension purposes. The award money distributed for this most recent cycle totaled $195,500. Total requests for all agencies statewide this cycle was $777,485.47.

“Using profits and assets of drug dealers rather than taxpayer monies to better protect our officers and communities makes sense,” said Jackley. “We are funding a number of requests across the state to assist local government and improve public safety.”

Below are the list of agencies and their awards:
- Brookings County SO: $7,500- canine equipment
- Clark PD & Clark County SO: $1,000- criminal interdiction workshop attendees
- Deadwood PD: $20,000- portable radios, rifles, drug testing field kits
- Jackson County SO: $13,800- mobile and handheld radios
- Lincoln County SO: $2,500- ductless fume hood for crime lab processing
- Sioux Falls PD: $4,500- Narcan kits
- Marshall County SO: $7,500- In-car camera equipment
- Minnehaha County SO: $15,000- vehicle
- Rapid City PD: $20,000- vehicle
- SD Highway Patrol: $100,000- centralized evidence room
- Sturgis PD: $2,500- operating expenses/ PAL Program for youth
- Union County SO: $600.00 – Narcan kits
- Whitewood PD: $600.00- rifle