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April 17, 2013

St. Joseph County Commissioners approve request for use of drug fund forfeiture money

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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St. Joseph County Courthouse

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has given the green light for the use of drug fund forfeiture money to purchase nine iPads and accessories for use by prosecutors and members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics (SCAN) Unit.

The action came Tuesday (April 16) in response to a request from Prosecuting Attorney John McDonough and Sheriff Brad Balk.

In a letter outlining the request, McDonough and Balk said the iPads and accessories will be “for each of the five prosecutors and the four members of the SCAN Unit to be used as a part of underover investigations, presentations, trial presentations, and many other law enforcement related functions.  We feel that this technology will do nothing but make our drug enforcement stronger.”

The request was to use approximately $11,000 of the forfeiture fund that has a balance approaching $100,000.

McDonough was on hand for the meeting and – in discussing the request – said, “We think these are going to be tremendous tools.”  (John McDonough audio clip – 2:05)

In their letter, McDonough and Balk said, “We see this as a wonderful way to use the money and feel that the iPads will be an incredible resource to have both on the streets and in the courts.”


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