NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – More than $500,000 in forfeited currency has been transferred to the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, an official with the U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday.
A total of $505,503.06 was transferred under the federal equitable sharing program, which was enacted by Congress in the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984.
The program allows for local and state law enforcement agencies to take some of the proceeds earned when assisting with federal investigations.
"The investigation of this case by the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, uncovered a trail of drug dealing and attempted murder by deceased Canadian Jonathan MacDonald that stretched as far as Southern California and Arizona," read the news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "The court ultimately rejected claims to the currency by the alleged heirs of MacDonald and determined that the currency was drug proceeds."
The money the sheriff's office earned can be used for any approved law enforcement purpose.