Just over $3 million in seized money from an Upstate drug prosecution in 2006 has been given out to several law enforcement agencies.
The property and funds were included in a written plea agreement during the trial of Spartanburg county car salesman Charles Penland. US attorney Bill Nettles announced the new money in a Tuesday press conference. Former US Attorney Walt Wilkins prosecuted the case.
Agencies receiving money were the Greenville, Spartanburg and Cherokee county sheriff’s offices along with the Greenville police, Highway Patrol and SLED. All were involved in the investigation of Penland. Spartanburg received the most, at $1.1 million.
U-S attorney Bill Nettles said the money will be put to good use.
The funds being dispersed among the various agencies… will ensure that law enforcement can remain ready to continue in their mission to keep this community safe.