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For Immediate Release

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February 11, 2013 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Local Sheriff’s Office to Benefit from Federal Seizures

Albuquerque, NM - On Thursday February 7, the United States Marshals Service turned over custody of two vehicles, a 1995 Lincoln Town Car valued at $1,250.00, and a 1965 Ford Mustang valued at $8,000.00 to the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office is a participating law enforcement agency in the Southern New Mexico DEA/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force and has two officers, federally-deputized, assigned full time to the task force. The officers' initiate and are assigned complex drug investigations at the DEA Task Force. The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department also provides equipment and other invaluable resources to the DEA Task Force. The Dona Ana County Sheriff's Office will participate in the Marshals Services equitable sharing of the Lincoln Town Car and Ford Mustang. The Vehicles were seized by the DEA in the course of two investigations in which the vehicles were either used in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime or purchased with funds from illegal sources.

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program serves not only to deter crime but also to provide valuable additional resources to state and local law enforcement agencies. The most important objective of the Program is law enforcement. Equitable sharing further enhances this law enforcement objective by fostering cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Department of Justice policy requires shared monies and property to be used for law enforcement purposes, such as:

  • Law enforcement investigations
  • Law enforcement training
  • Law enforcement and detention facilities
  • Law enforcement equipment
  • Drug and gang education and awareness programs
  • Support of community-based programs

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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