AUGUSTA – Right now, money seized by cops in drug busts is divided among law enforcement departments involved.
But, a bill backed by the Maine State Attorney General could provide some money to police-department sponsored drug treatment programs. With an increase in drug use there’s also been an increase in drug arrests.
Attorney General Janet Mills said “Increase in the number of forfeitures, vehicles, and cash and guns. Cash in particular is on the rise. Because these people are making a lot of money off these crimes. And they’re getting caught with a lot money on their persons.”
No estimate was available of the amount of money that could potentially go to programs such as ‘Project hope.” The bill would allow decisions about sharing the funds on a case-by-case basis.