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Drug Asset Civil Forfeiture

SDCL 34-20B-70 provides that certain property is subject to forfeiture when it is being used for the possession or distribution of controlled substances or marijuana. A vehicle is subject to forfeiture if it is used to facilitate the transportation, possession or concealment of any illegal controlled substance or eight ounces or more of marijuana. Furthermore, any asset is subject to forfeiture if it is proceeds of the distribution of controlled substances or marijuana. The vehicles and other assets are then used by law enforcement or are sold and deposited into the drug control fund. The drug control fund is used to fund drug enforcement programs throughout the state.

CY15

Sources Quantity Seized (Gross) Amount Awarded to Drug Control Fund (Net)
Vehicles 94 $342,303.52*
Cash $746,395.78 $1,055,810.98
Firearms 44 0
# of seizures with Misc. items 14 0
* received from sale of vehicles or buy back of vehicle by owner

Uses of Drug Control Fund Monies

Personnel costs related to Byrne/JAG Match (Prosecutors, Agents) $403,873.97
Travel costs related to Byrne/JAG Match $35,817.63
Contractual costs related to Byrne/JAG Match $71,699.13
Contractual costs related to Statewide Drug Testing (Drugs,UA’s) $171,061.50
Contractual costs related to Investigations (Tow Bills, Vehicle Maint, Traning) $126,090.53
Supplies related to Byrne/JAG Match $7,391.69
Supplies related to Investigations (Fuel, Tires, etc.) $26,249.13
Grants to Local and State Law Enforcement for Investigation $399,171.58
Assets related to Byrne/JAG Match $31,673.75
Drug Buy Funds to local task forces and drug investigators $162,000.00
Total $1,435,028.91

DRUG FORFEITURE GRANTS - 2015

Aberdeen PD/Brown Co Sheriff $17,000.00 Canine Unit
Beresford PD $2,800.00 Body Armor Vests
Bon Homme County SO $4,107.67 Tasers
Brookings County SO $5,000.00 Body Worn Camera Systems
Clark PD $4,795.00 In-Car Camera Systems
Clay County SO/Vermillion PD $27,348.60 Body Worn Camera Systems
Corson County SO $19,685.00 Body Worn Camera Systems/In-Car Camera Systems
Davison County SO $5,031.60 Body Worn Camera Systems
Deuel County SO $4,475.00 Body Worn Camera Systems
Deuel County SO $3,749.95 Ballistic Vests
Division of Criminal Investigation $45,000.00 Meth Lab Personal Protective Equipment
Edmunds County SO $14,116.45 Tasers and Vehicle Radio Extenders
Elk Point PD $4,076.99 Body Worn Camera Systems
Faulk County SO $1,513.61 Body Worn Camera Systems
Flandreau PD $10,000.00 Service Dog and Equipment
Gettysburg PD $1,047.00 Body Worn Camera Systems
Grant County SO $3,015.26 Body Microphone and Transmitter
Groton PD $1,262.38 Taser
Hanson County SO $14,680.00 Camera Systems
Hughes County SO $5,780.45 Tasers
James Valley Drug Task Force $15,490.00 Room Video/Audio Recording Package
Jones County SO $4,673.00 Fire Rifles and Equipment
Lawrence County SO $27,666.00 Unmarked Vehicle
Lincoln County SO $5,863.29 Lab Equipment
Miner County SO $2,542.64 Body Worn Camera Systems
Minnehaha County SAO $12.137.74 Computers and Accessories
Mitchell PD $9,980.00 Body Worn Camera Systems
Mobridge PD $4.982.00 In-Car Video Recording System
Mobridge PD $4,800.00 Body Worn Camera Systems
Moody County SO $6,142.25 Tasers
Parkston PD $5,850.00 Taser w/Holster and Laptop
Pennington County SO $10,000.00 Firearms Training Simulators
Pierre PD $14,576.00 In-Car Video Body Worn Camera
Rapid City PD $10,000.00 Firearms Training Simulators
Roberts County SO $6,764.00 Tasers and Body Armor
Sanborn County SO $3,210.40 Body Worn Camera System
Scotland PD $1,213.58 Body Armor
Sioux Falls PD $5,000.00 Crime Stopper Program
SD Highway Patrol $6,500.00 Police Service Dog
Stanley County SO $4,041.98 Tasers
Walworth County SO $3,333.35 Body Worn Camera Systems
Watertown PD $30,000.00 Canine Vehicle and Equipment