3 Arkansas counties bring in big chunk of seized drug money

     (AP) – Law enforcement officers in a small, three-county district in western Arkansas are responsible for nearly 40 percent of the seized cash from drug connected arrests from 2012 through 2015.

     Reports from the Arkansas drug director’s office for those four years show

that nearly $12 million in cash, 157 cars, 76 weapons and 14 other items were

seized by officers working in the 5th Judicial District comprised of Franklin,

Johnson and Pope Counties.

     The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that in 2015, officers in the 5th

District confiscated more than $3 million, which was nearly half of the drug

cash confiscated in the entire state.

     Prosecutors say most of the money came from Interstate 40 traffic stops by

Arkansas Highway Patrol Division officers.


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