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A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
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Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -
Some Georgia sheriffs spent the day in Atlanta fighting a bill they say would hurt law enforcement's ability to profit from property seizures in drug cases.
It's called House Bill 1, and many Georgia sheriffs firmly oppose it.
"Every time we take down a drug dealer, their car, their money, property, jewelry, anything that we can prove was brought with drug money, can be seized," said Brooks County Sheriff, Mike Dewey.
And right now many local law enforcement agencies depend on seized property to buy equipment for their departments without having to burden taxpayers.
The Brooks County Sheriff's Department recently purchased 40 new guns partially with drug seizure money, ten of those were high power riffles used by the SWAT team.
Most of the property Brooks County deputies seize goes up for auction and profits go into a drug seizure account. Dewey says in past years they've been able to put up to $40,000 in the account. And in some cases they just keep the property for official use.
"We seized this truck about five years ago in a drug seizure, this truck has been very useful to us," said Capt. Joe Wheeler, BCSO.
Dewey says he's worried what will happen to drug seizure profits if the bill passes.
"Once it goes to the state you don't have any accountability about where it's being used at, and I'm pretty sure it will not be used for law enforcement."
Proponents of House Bill 1 argue that current seizure laws allow law enforcement to steal the property of citizens without any judicial process. But opponents argue those laws have been proven constitutional.
The House Judiciary committee took up the bill today.