The Bossier/Webster District Attorney’s Office presented a check earlier this month in the amount of $16,761.24 to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office as part of an asset forfeiture allocation in multiple drug and other investigations.
District Attorney Schulyer Marvin presented a check to Maj. David Miller of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office. These funds come from vehicles, other property, monies and bank accounts that were seized in 13 different cases, primarily narcotics over the past eleven months.
“The idea behind the asset forfeiture law is to ensure that drug dealers/kingpins, embezzlers, prostitutes, racketeers, white collar criminals and other offenders should not be able to keep the financial fruits of illegal activities,” said Marvin. “Once there is forfeiture, the defendant forfeits/loses his right, title and interest to the item seized. This includes luxury vehicles, electronics, jewelry, cash, bank accounts and other valuables acquired in an illegal manner.”
Sheriff Whittington and Bossier City Police Chief Shane McWilliams joined forces in October 2012 to develop the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force to combat illegal drug activity all throughout Bossier Parish.
“Our combined narcotics team does an outstanding job in keeping illegal drugs off of the streets of Bossier Parish,” said Sheriff Whittington. “These funds presented by the DA’s Office represent a lot of hard work by our team and will help with our continued fight against illegal drug and criminal activity.”
The total funds are divided among several entities. The Bossier/Webster District Attorney’s Office and the Criminal Court Fund each receive twenty percent. The arresting agency, in this case the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the Bossier City Police Department receive sixty percent, split between both agencies.