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Attorney General Mark Vargo

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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.

CY2021

Sources Quantity Seized (Gross) Amount Awarded to Drug Control Fund (Net)
Vehicles 27 $256,331.25
Cash $700,152.10 $1,086,178
Firearms 4 $0
# of seizures with Misc. items   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) $369,795
Travel Costs (investigations, training, Sturgis Rally) $64,350
Contractual Costs (computer services, telephone, rent, tow fees, etc.) $249,504
Supplies (office supplies, postage, fuel, etc.) $19,762
Assets (computer hardware, computer software, etc.) $
Total Costs Related to Drug Prosecution and Enforcement $703,411
   
Contractual costs related to Statewide Drug Testing (Drugs, UAS)(Byrne/JAG Grant Paid $263,000) $15,790
Grants to Local and State Law Enforcement $122,102
Drug Buy Funds to Local Task Forces and Drug Investigators $81,683
   
Total Uses of Drug Control Fund Monies in CY 2020 $922,986
   

**Final Totals are updated by April 1 of the following year

DRUG FORFEITURE GRANTS - 2021

Aberdeen PD $7,950.00 Armor Plates for the Special Response Team
Aberdeen PD $46,832.00 Patrol Vehicle and K-9 Kennel
Bennett County Sheriff's Office $23,776.00 4 WatchGuard Camera Systems and Drug Vehicle
Brule County Sheriff's Office $3,140.00 4 WatchGuard Vista HD Camera Systems
Chamberlain PD $4,680.00 6 WatchGuard Body Cameras
Day County Sheriff's Office $1,710.00 4 12-gauge Akkar Pistol and Accessories
Hughes County Sheriff's Office $21,097.34 5 Pansonic CF 31 Toughbooks
Huron PD $40,000.00 Vehicle and Kennel Insert for the K-9 Unit
Jackson County Sheriff's Office $15,130.00 2 Vehicle WatchGuard 4RE Cameras 
Lead PD $28,602.00 Drug and Criminal Interdiction Vehicle, Cage, Console and Digital Radio, Lettering and Equipment Installation
Marshall County Sheriff's Office $10,539.60 Stalker Radars and Bullet Resistant Vests
Murdo PD $11,400.00 24RE and Vista HD Das and Body Cameras
Pierre PD

$12,940.32

30 Kenwood TD-3360 UHF 5 watt radios, 30 KMC Hand Microphones and 8 SRX2200 Headst Adapters
Rapid City PD $43,156.11 DNA testing for violent crime investigations related to drug trafficking
SD Highway Patrol $39,732.00 6 Police Service Dog Teams and 7 Ace K-9 Temperature Control Units
Spearfish PD $105,000.00 Assist in Building costs for a Multi-Law Enforcement Agency Office
Spink County Sheriff's Office $11,257.11 Replacement of Narcotics Canine Team
     
     

 *Grants are posted upon return of receipts

DRUG FORFEITURE ITEM GRANTS - 2020