After seizing illegal drug money from multiple cases, deputies from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office used the funds to change lives for the better.
On behalf of the department, Sheriff Jimmy Thornton recently delivered checks to the local school districts. According to a news release, the $29,089 was originally seized as evidence in multiple drug cases. After conviction and exhausting of all court appeals, the money becomes eligible to turn over to local school districts.
Thornton stated he originally ran for office on the platform of fighting drug activity. That plan continued during every election since then.
“Children are the ones who ultimately suffer in the drug trade,” Thornton said. “Hopefully this ill gotten fruit of crime can be of benefit to the children in our school systems, after all the are our greatest resource. I hope to continue to be able to turn over seized cash down the road, as cases are tried and appeals are exhausted.”
Sampson County Schools received $21,354 from seized money collected by the department. Thornton presented the check to Superintendent Dr. Eric Bracy.
“We are grateful of the Sampson County Sheriff’s department for their generosity and support of the school system,” Bracy said. “These funds are greatly needed and will be put to good use.”
Sampson School will place the money in a general fund where it can be used for supplies and materials for classrooms.
Clinton City Schools benefited from seized funds too. Funds were distributed to the school district based on student population. Thornton presented Superintendent Dr. Stuart Blount in the amount of $7,734.
“We are appreciative of Sheriff Thornton and the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department for keeping our county safe,” Blount said. “The funds recently received as part of the fines and forfeitures collected and provided to our school system will be utilized to benefit our students.”