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Money seized in drug cases distributed to police officials

Published January 31. 2011 05:00PM

Tamaqua Borough and Schuylkill Township police departments were recipients of checks from Schuylkill County District Attorney James P. Goodman of monies that were seized from drug dealers and gamblers. The funds will be used to upgrade their departments,

The presentation was made Friday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Officer Anthony Stanell, a member of Tamaqua police Department's Drug Task Force, accepted a check for $3,000 on behalf of the borough which will go towards investigation equipment and funds for drug suppression efforts. Supervisor Linda Dicindio accepted a check for $1,500 on behalf of Schuylkill Township to be used for guns and/or equipment for its police department.

Other recipients were as follows:

Schuylkill Women in Crisis (SWIC), $10,000 for office equipment, computers and printer for its shelter for abused women.

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC), $10,000, to be used to help pay the salary of a victim advocate.

Schuylkill County Crime Stoppers, $10,000, the money to be used to fund the start of the organization to provide reward money to those who give tips to the crime stoppers which lead to arrests.

Schuylkill County Prison, $2,906.34, for the purchase of guns and holders for the correctional officers.

State police, $884.05 for computer equipment and other equipment to be housed at the barracks in Schuylkill Haven.

Mahanoy Township, $2,500 for a visual; alert records management system for its police department; Hegins Township, $5,000 for drug investigation equipment and funds for drug suppression efforts; Tremont Borough, $3,000 for incident reporting program software for computer and drug investigation equipment and funds for drug suppression efforts; New Philadelphia Borough, $1,600 for taser and radio equipment for its police; and Minersville Borough, $2,000 for digital camcorder and computer to capture on video drug deals.

Goodman announced his office received $89,443,52 from the United States government for its role in the SchuylkilI ICE operation which was a successful prosecution of a major methamphetamine drug ring in northern part of the county and other funds came from money seized from drug dealers and gamblers during raids.

Goodman added that any municipality can make a request for funds to be used by its police department by sending a written letter to the district attorney's office in care of Assistant District Attorney Thomas J. Campion Jr. Goodman also encourages the public to get involved in combating illegal drugs and of any other criminal actions they become aware off by calling the Schuylkill County Drug Tip Line, 1-800-414-1406.

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