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Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Receives $258,000 Asset Forfeiture Money From the DEA For Recent Cash Seizure
Press Release Date:  March 8, 2005

Ryan Watts
(502) 564-2611 Ext. 387

Chris Gilligan
Office: 502-564-7554
Cell: 502-330-4967



Cash Comes From Currency Seizure at Elizabethtown Weigh Station

Frankfort, KY - Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) accepted a $257,213.78 asset forfeiture check today from the Drug Enforcement Agency. The money stems from a cash seizure KVE made in Hardin County on July 7, 2004.

“This is a great day for law enforcement and the work they do,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence, secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “Their efforts symbolize the great working relationship we have between state and federal entities. I commend their cooperation on this important cash seizure.”

KVE officers stopped a tractor-trailer at the Hardin County Weigh Station on I-65 North for a safety inspection in July. Upon completion of the inspection, officers impounded the vehicle for failure to file fuel tax and not having proper operating authority.

Further investigation led criminal interdiction officers to request and receive consent to search the vehicle. While searching the tractor-trailer, officers uncovered a hidden compartment containing 32 bundles of U.S. currency totaling nearly $330,000. Occupants of the tractor-trailer denied knowledge or possession of the money.

“This seizure shows just how valuable our Vehicle Enforcement officers are,” said KVE Commissioner Greg Howard. “Our officers are highly trained experts in all areas of law enforcement, especially areas like this.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Some media may have covered this original event in July ’04 and have file/archive footage available for their use.)


Last updated: Tuesday, March 08, 2005