Opinion

Drug trade seizures shouldn’t go to general budget

An editorial from The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — As 2015 came to a close, our leaders in Congress came to an agreement on a budget, drawing praise for finally being able to work together after years of stalemates and continuing resolutions.

But as details emerge on the impact of the omnibus spending bill, it’s become readily apparent that Congress’ action has created untenable consequences.

 As Staff Writer Jim Davis reported on this past week, and at length in Sunday’s edition of The Exponent Telegram, the new budget stripped $1.2 billion from the drug asset forfeiture fund, earmarking it instead for the general budget.

That’s money that was seized from drug raids, which has in the past been allocated back to federal/state/local drug task forces.

The suspension of the former practice, which federal officials are labeling as temporary, has local law enforcement officers concerned…

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