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Beloit Crime Stoppers receives $1,230 from an asset forfeiture resulting from drug arrests by the Wisconsin State Patrol

January 31, 2014

The Wisconsin State Patrol provided the Beloit Police Department and its Crime Stoppers Program with $1,230 on January 30, 2014, as part of an asset forfeiture stemming from a drug conviction.

State Patrol Trooper Carl Rowan stopped a vehicle traveling at high speed on I-39 northbound in Rock County on June 23, 2012, at approximately 5:30 a.m. He detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and conducted a probable cause search. Trooper Rowan found and seized 219 grams of marijuana, 125 grams of cocaine and $4,547 in currency.

The three vehicle occupants were arrested and convicted of multiple drug violations. The court ordered that $3,317 of the seized currency be forfeited to the State Patrol and $1,230 be forfeited to a non-profit organization that assists law enforcement efforts. The Beloit Crime Stoppers program was chosen.

"Trooper Rowan and all State Patrol officers are trained to observe indications of drug smuggling and other criminal activity during traffic stops," says Sergeant Michael Vasquez of the State Patrol Southwest Region-DeForest Post. "We’re glad that the Beloit Crime Stoppers program and its efforts to keep the community safe will benefit from this asset forfeiture."

For more information, contact:
Sergeant Michael Vasquez, Wisconsin State Patrol-DeForest Post
(608) 846-8500, (608) 219-7132, michael.vasquez@dot.wi.gov

 

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