Members of a joint appropriations subcommittee considering transportation and public safety budgets decided at least part of the money expected to be seized next year from drug couriers should be spent on crime prevention.

The subcommittee recommended that the Department of Public Safety's crime prevention program get $19,200 to help make up for the loss of private grant funds. Yet to be decided is whether any remaining money confiscated during drug-related arrests should be spent to supplement the department budget or on crime-fighting equipment.Last year, the department seized more than $1 million and used it to buy airplanes, a helicopter, bullet-proof vests and other items used to protect officers and combat crime. Subcommittee members said they now want a say in how the money is spent.