Horry County public safety departments could lose a significant amount of money due to changes to asset forfeiture laws.
The practice allows law enforcement departments to spend the money they make from property taken during drug busts, trafficking cases and a variety of other crimes. Lt. Jamie DeBari with the criminal investigations division said the money uses include training classes, undercover cars and even purchasing drugs to get evidence against traffickers.
On Tuesday, Horry County Council’s Public Safety Committee was briefed on how these changes would affect the budgets of local public safety divisions. In addition, the Horry County Sheriff’s Office and Solicitor’s Office use funds from asset forfeiture.