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SI AM PHOIO BY 1IRRY POP*
BETSY JUSTUS, N.C. Revenue secretary, presents a $43,0-11 clu ck in drug tax collections to H runs
wick County Sheriff John C urr l)avis( lej't) and State Hep. E. Pa\ul Hedwine.
Sheriff Accepts $43,041 Drug Tax Check
BY TERRY I'OPK
Brunswick County Sheriff Jolm
Carr Davis says a $43,041 check his
department received lasi week will
be used lo help light a growing local
It will Ik added to S7 (XX) in fed
eral drug seizure funds when apply
ing for a S 1 50.1KK) suite giant to pui
chase equipment for the narcotics
squad If the county puis up S50,(XK)
and lite grant is awarded, the Mate
will supply S15(),(HX), he said.
"Sometimes, it seems like a los
ing battle," said Davis "The only
hoj)e is lo use their (cling dealers')
money to fight the drug problem.
N.C Department of Ri venue Sec
tetaiy It ?>' V Juj-ii; au! lu iicck
she gave Brunswick County last
week is lioni |>UNuienis lis '.iiug di
fcndaiiis through the. '"on
uollcO Sut t a a A ? vJtis
convicted ol iliug violations who did
not purchase drug tax stamps is> ad
vance are liable foi lax payments on
the illegal contraband.
"Ibis is ihe way government is
suppose to serve its people," said
Nine controlled substance olficers
wuik the stale lo collect the pay
meiiLs As mandated by state law, 75
percent of the taxes, penalties and
interest collected return lo the local
law enforcement agencies making
the arrests lhai lead to tax assess
The program has collcctcd just
under S5 million since it began two
years ago with payouts close to S2
million to local and state law en
foiccment agencies The Brunswick
County Sheiiff's Department has re
ceived in excess ol $51, (XX) in pay
ments foi drug cases in the county.
"I strongly endorse this program,"
said Davis. "The Sheriff's Asso
ciation strongly endorses this pro
gram That's the only way to light
the diug problem."
i iic i w_ . L/v.|'iiniiiCiit o' Revenue
has requested SI million from the
N.C General Assembly to fund the
pit Uiaiu <i yeai
v\ iuiu. the liiiids we would not
nave stalling for tire program, said
u. .k >h./> <. ^am lu/in
the N.C. Department of Crime Con
trol and Public Safety runs out this
fiseal year, June 30, and cannot be
To he self sustaining, the program
hail to collect S3.27 million over the
two-year grant period, a goal already
exceeded by 52 percent with three
months lei t. said Ms. Justus.
State Rep. E. David Redwine of
Ocean Isle, who represents Bruns
wick County in District 14, said he
hopes the legislature can fund the
program this year He serves as co
chnirmnr th<? Annrnnmtumv;
v""' "? ? *? ? ? ?
Justice and Public Safety Committee
of the State House
"Obviously, there arc a iot >>t bud
get lesiraints" said Redwine, "but
aiiytiiiic we have a progiam that
dix-s some gixvl it helps sway thi
uji '.u.i ot in .-viK.ruf ??>*.. uoly
Patricia (Patty) Young
'Candidate For The People'
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