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Drug Money: Where Does it Go?

Both come from the same funding source, but you might not believe what that source is.

Drug money comes from a source that many would call dirty and rotten, but without it you might notice a few "positive" things missing from your community.

The reason: law enforcement is recycling the bad into good.

Scott Bakotic Chief Administrator of the Leon County Sheriff's Office, says, "Our citizen academy that we run every year as well as we sponsor about 8-9 ball teams, little league ball teams every year. We also purchase all the citizens crime watch signs you see everywhere also."

Thousands of dollars are seized in the City of Tallahassee and Leon County every year.

Tallahassee police say they seized anywhere from $30,000 to more than $40,000, and the Leon County Sheriff's Office seized more than $100,000 and $5,000.

LT Mark Harvey of the Tallahassee Police Department says, "This is one way we can supplement the budget, we can't have everything we need, but it certainly helps offset the costs of the things we do need."

Some of the seized money goes back into fighting its source: drugs.

Harvey adds, "We place that money back into surveillance equipment, articles that help us do our job better in fighting crime."

Scott says, "In the end, it's a good thing because we're able to put it back in the community and help."

So the money isn't all bad, but there's still the war to fight where it comes from. Until then, they'll use the money to fight drugs and keep our community safe.


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