(WBIR - Knoxville, TN) Millions of dollars in cash seized during drug crimes committed in East Tennessee is now set to be handed over to some of the law enforcement agencies who investigated the case.
On Thursday, representatives from the U.S. Attorney Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service are set to distribute an estimated $4 million dollars in seized money to various law enforcement agencies including several in East Tennessee. It's a so-called "asset forfeiture sharing" program and involves a federal drug case tied to Francisco Javier Cruz-Ramirez. Cruz-Ramirez admitted his role in the crime in federal court.
East Tennessee agencies receiving sharing checks include:
- Blount County Sheriff's Office
- Tennessee Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force
- Knox County Sheriff's Office
- Knoxville Police Department
- Lenoir City Police Department
- Metro Knoxville Airport Authority Police
- Monterey Police Department
- Oak Ridge Police Department
- Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation
- Tennessee Department Of Safety
10News plans to attend Thursday's formal check distribution and will have more on this story on 10News and on WBIR.com.