Lamar earns $250k payday for drug bust

The Lamar County sheriff's department is getting a big reward for its help in a recent drug bust.

Back in October of 2006, the department worked on a joint investigation with the Pearl River County sheriff's department that resulted in the seizure of U.S. currency used in drug trafficking.  Now, through civil forfeiture through circuit court, Lamar County authorities are getting their cut of the money - $250,000.  Sheriff Danny Rigel says its another successful example of how cooperation with surrounding agencies ultimately benefits Lamar countians.

"That money will go into our sheriff's department forfeiture fund," Rigel says.  "And it can be used for law enforcement purposes such as overtime, purchase of vehicles, equipment...a variety of things that basically don't come from the taxpayers.  It's not something we have to budget for, so it's a win-win for everybody."

Over the past three years, the Lamar County sheriff's department has received nearly 1.4 million dollars from seizures, used in purchasing 14 patrol cars - which run $24,000 fully outfitted - a pickup truck, ATV's, and video equipment for the jail.

** Reported by 7 ON YOUR SIDE's Daniel Barton.  You can email Daniel at