Forfeiture money distributed to local law enforcement
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is sharing forfeiture funds with local law enforcement.
According to ice they have been working with state and local agencies in Laredo on different cases.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been very aggressive enforcing the law.
They have been working in conjunction with other federal agencies and even our local and state agencies to crack down on drugs and money.
Other seizures have been successful due to their outbound inspections at the Laredo port of entries.
Jerry Robinette – ICE Special Agent in Charge
" You’ll see the agents, officers at the port, border patrol standing behind a load of drugs working side by side with the Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff department."
Now ICE is sharing more than two million dollars with our local and state officials.
This forfeiture money comes from drug busts like these and from other investigations in the last few years.
" This is money that we've taken away from the bad guys from organized crime that are operating here in our communities."
In 2009 from the ice asset-sharing program, they shared almost four million dollars with the Laredo Police Department.
They shared one point two million with the Webb County Sheriff's Department.
Other south Texas organizations shared almost eight million dollars.
Martin Cuellar - Webb County Sheriff
" I believe that forfeiture funds can be used for other things such as security at the justice center things that we are working at to improve. That's what we will use the money for."
Carlos Maldonado - Laredo Police Chief
" The sheriff's department and I have been working together to develop our intel capabilities as well and partnering with each agency."
Both the sheriff and police chief say it’s a collaborative effort between all agencies to stop organized crime in our community.
Asset forfeiture is a powerful tool used by ICE and other law enforcement agencies to seize assets from criminal organizations.