MCSO Increases Amount of Assets Seized from Criminal Suspects
Published April 29th, 2014
Being charged with a felony is bad enough, but now the Marion County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on repeat offenders by seizing the property they use to commit a crime.
Sheriff Chris Blair has drastically increased the amount of forfeitures seized under his command.
Previous sheriffs only had approximately 38 forfeiture cases a year.
In the first three months of this year alone, 33 seizure cases are waiting for approval.
Some residents like the idea of the seizures but hope it's being done properly.
"If it's done properly and it's done legally, it's a fine way for the Sheriff's office to supplement," said Marion County resident Jim Dove.
Sheriff Blair adds that forfeiture funds can only be used for certain things.
Florida law states funds can be used for "specialized equipment" but 15% of those funds must go back to charitable organizations.
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