NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new report says Long Island ranks among the top of the state’s list when it comes to seized assets from alleged criminals, WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported.
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A report by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services found the Nassau County District Attorney’s office seized $7.1 million in items like cash, jewelry, and cars, while Suffolk took in $4.1 million.
Manhattan topped the list with more than $13 million seized.READ MORE: FAA Reports Sharp Increase In Reports Of Unruly Passengers Over Past Few Months
The majority of assets seized on Long Island are proceeds from drug deals including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioids.
District Attorneys generally get a 27 percent cut, Waldron reported, while police departments are allowed to keep 41 cents on the dollar of seized assets.MORE NEWS: 4-Year-Old Brooklyn Boy Orders Over $2,600 Worth Of SpongeBob SquarePants Popsicles On Amazon
32 percent goes to a statewide drug dependency fund.