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SDPD Seeks Audit to Find Missing $1M in Drug Money

The money was seized from drug runners and other criminals.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The San Diego Police Department today was seeking an audit to determine what happened to $1 million seized from drug runners and other criminals.

The audit request comes after local media noted that police submitted a report to the federal government in 2010 that showed a closing balance of $1,153,426 in seized assets and a closing balance of $153,426 a year later, with no explanation as to how $1 million was spent. The funds were passed onto the SDPD by U.S. Treasury agencies under a program that redirects assets from illegal activities to local local enforcement agencies, according to UT San Diego, which first reported the discrepancy.

"We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy," SDPD spokesman Lt. Kevin Mayer said in a statement. "We have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error."

—City News Service

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