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Sheriff’s office, Leland Police and SBI to receive federal forfeited funds

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is one of three agencies set to receive $84,000 in federally forfeited funds.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department and the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation will each receive one-third of a $325,000 share pursuant to the federal equitable sharing program.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal equitable sharing program allows local and state law enforcement agencies to share up to 80 percent of the proceeds of federal forfeitures under the Controlled Substances Act.

In this case, the federally forfeited money came from proceeds of the sale of property owned by Alert Sidney Boney. Boney, who owned the Town and Country Motel on Main Street in Belville, was convicted of trafficking cocaine in February 2008. Boney is currently serving three and a half years for the trafficking charge in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, evidence in the case revealed Boney used the motel and surrounding property, “as a haven for drug dealing and prostitution.”

Boney and a slew of other drug suspects were arrested in October 2006 for the drug operation being run out of the Town and Country Motel, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said. Less than one week after Boney’s arrest, the Town and Country Motel was burned down.

Six suspects, including Boney, were convicted from that operation, Thomas said.

Thomas stressed the operation’s success was a collaborative effort between the sheriff’s office, the Leland Police Department, Drug Enforcement Agency and the SBI.

“Everybody played a role in it,” he said.

Boney’s arrest, “Really eradicated a cancer from that community, and it hasn’t come back,” he said.

“The quality of life in that area has really improved.”

For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of The Beacon.