From today’s Sacramento Bee:
Mendocino County authorities are reporting a dramatic increase in the amount of property they’re seizing during drug arrests.
Officials say during the first six months of the year nearly $646,000 was taken under California’s asset forfeiture laws.
Mendocino County District Attorney David Eyster told the Press Democrat that the amount seized so far this year is more than three times the amount seized during the same time period last year.
At that pace, officials expect to seize more than $1 million worth of assets by the end of the year.
Officials say the state gets 24 percent of the assets seized, while the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is expected to receive about $225,000 of the money taken so far this year.