What do cops do with the money they confiscate?
The money retrieved basically gets spent two ways:
• First, and primarily, for payment toward agencies spending money to investigate a case. Investigations aren't cheap and often times require several organizations needed to solve one.
• Second, and if there's even money left over, funds get parlayed into programs
Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth and Sandusky assistant police chief John Orzech provided the following answers:
Sigsworth: Confiscated money is logged and retained as evidence. A court order is then obtained once the case is concluded that addresses the disposition of the money. If the money is ordered forfeited to the law enforcement agency that seized it, the funds can be used for certain law enforcement purposes only (such as) equipment purchases and tuition fees for training. The expenditure of the forfeited funds is regulated not only by court order but also by the policies of the county and/or state auditor's offices.
Orzech: The money that is confiscated in drug and criminal investigations is held, pending the disposition of the case. There is occasion that investigations are multi-faceted with federal agencies, in which the money is dispersed accordingly to each agency and their involvement in the case. The money that is forfeited is explicit on its use. The confiscated money is used for other narcotics investigations, such as for training; education programs; materials; and equipment purchased primarily for these types of investigations.