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District Attorney gives drug-seized money to Sheriff's Office

Posted: Aug 23, 2013 3:50 PM

District Attorney Schuyler Marvin for Bossier and Webster Parishes recently presented Bossier Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Owens monies totaling $7,829.37 from assets seized in drug arrests over the past several months.

The funds represent a portion of the vehicles, other property, monies and bank accounts that were seized in various narcotics cases.

“The message should be clear to criminals. They will not be able to operate and profit from their illegal activities in Bossier Parish,” said Marvin. “Drug abuse is one of the main motivating factors behind 80 percent of the crimes committed. Drug dealers caught can count on being punished and receiving strong sentences upon conviction.”

Ridding the streets of drug dealers was exemplified during this week’s “Operation Summer Sweep,” a joint venture between Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and Bossier City Police Department Chief Shane McWilliams to make multiple drug arrests. The two agencies joined forces last year to form the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force to better combat illegal drug activity throughout Bossier Parish.

“Our detectives made 32 arrests in one day during a roundup of drug warrant cases in which people were wanted for dealing cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine,” said Whittington. “Operation Summer Sweep shows our commitment to keeping drugs off of our streets and away from our children. The funds received from the DA’s Office will be used to help booster that fight.”

During Marvin’s tenure, the District Attorney’s Office has returned nearly $1.8 million in forfeited assets to local law enforcement and other governmental agencies, which, in turn, saves thousands of taxpayer dollars that otherwise would have paid out of their local budgets.