Thanks to what may be the largest property forfeiture in state history, the Metro Narcotics Strike Force will receive $200,000 to continue its assault on drug abusers, Salt Lake County Attorney David Yocom said.
The money came after local law enforcement officers discovered a home on a large lot was being used for exchanging homosexual acts for cocaine. Yocom declined to identify the home or its owner, saying a criminal case still is pending.The Asset Forfeiture Unit, which works with law-enforcement officials to legally obtain property used in crimes, settled with the suspect for $200,000. The suspect must pay that amount or lose the property.
Yocom said the suspect may have to pay an additional $40,000 for violating state narcotics tax stamp laws. State law requires people selling illegal drugs to purchase stamps from the state. The law was passed in an effort to place greater penalties on drug dealers.