Police, Other Agencies Share In Drug Loot

$1.5 Million Distributed To Indianapolis Agencies

More than $1 million in seized drug money was awarded Tuesday to local agencies who helped track it down.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Office presented large checks to local agencies who assisted in the discovery, 6News' Chance Walser reported.

About $1.5 million in cash was seized in March from a truck on Indianapolis' west side. Investigators later determined that the cash was drug money that was bound for Mexico.

The Metro Drug Task Force collected $1.2 million of the loot, with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department and Beech Grove Police Department each receiving $145,000. The Marion County Prosecutor's Office was awarded $53,000.

"The money that's being distributed today is in essence drug dealers who are paying for greater law enforcement," said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.

Marion County Public Safety Director Frank Straub said the distribution of money sends a message to drug dealers.

"If you commit a crime in Marion County, we are coming after you, and we are coming after you with vengeance," Straub said. "We will take your property, and we will send you to federal prison, or we will send you to county jail."

Police are still investigating the discovery. There have been no arrests, and there are no suspects.

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