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Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg

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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.

CY19

Sources Quantity Seized (Gross) Amount Awarded to Drug Control Fund (Net)
Vehicles 52 $99,012.50
Cash $833,949.50 $889,223.40
Firearms 14 $2,275
# of seizures with Misc. items 6 0
* received from sale of vehicles or buy back of vehicle by owner

Uses of Drug Control Fund Monies

Costs related to Drug Prosecution and Enforcement  
Personnel costs (Prosecutors, Agents and support) $392,414
Travel Costs (investigations, training, Sturgis Rally) $93,089
Contractual Costs (computer services, telephone, rent, tow fees, etc.) $247,030
Supplies (office supplies, postage, fuel, etc.) $18,871
Assets (computer hardware, computer software, etc.) $546
Total Costs Related to Drug Prosecution and Enforcement $751,951
   
Contractual costs related to Statewide Drug Testing (Drugs, UAs) $114,661
Grants to Local and State Law Enforcement $86,584
Drug Buy Funds to Local Task Forces and Drug Investigators $137,500
   
Total Uses of Drug Control Fund Monies in CY 2019 $1,090,696
   

DRUG FORFEITURE GRANTS - 2019

Lake Norden PD $5,000 Watchguard Camera System
McPherson Co SO $2,986 (4) Axon Body 2 Cameras
Minnehaha Co States Attorney $9,288 Electric Discovery Hardware
Murdo PD $3,617 In-Car Dash Camera, Body Camera and Taser
Pennington Co SO $26,000 Body Worn Cameras
Perkins Co SO $7,693 (7) Axon Flex 2 Body Worn Camera Systems; 9@) Synology 4 Bay NAS
Sioux Falls PD $7,847 Safety Equipment - Vests, Holsters, Vest Carier Shells and Ballistic Helmets
Sisseton PD $5,120 CTR 1300 Joey Transcorder; Citation 22/NLO Surveillance Receiver/Recorder
Turner Co SO $9,078 (5) Taser X2 Weapons and (5) Axon Body Camera Devices
Walworth Co SO $1253 National Interdiction Conference