Cash counters help law enforcement officials process seized drug money
Cash counters that track serial numbers are valuable tools for law enforcement personnel involved in drug busts. Data released by the Drug Enforcement Agency said there were more than 32,000 drug arrests made in 2011. However, many officers in charge of these cases struggle to find a cost-effective way to count all the money acquired in seizures. Money counters are a smart investment for state and federal agencies that often operate under tight budgets.
Earlier this month, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office in Arizona made one of the largest drug seizures in local history. According to Arizona Daily Sun, a newspaper based in Flagstaff, law enforcement agents from the sheriff's department used K-9 deputies during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 between Seligman and Ashfork. Officials had noticed a truck on the road with equipment violations that also swerved over a highway fog line. After obtaining consent to search the vehicle, the K-9 deputies uncovered 2,350 pounds of marijuana, as well as $8.2 million in cash. Arizona Daily Sun reported the two occupants of the vehicle were arrested for traffic violations and possession of marijuana for sale.
Law enforcement agencies must seize all of the money uncovered at the time of arrest. Because the sale of illegal drugs often results in large amounts of cash, state agencies can benefit from investing in cash counters. Not only can these tools make it easier to count total amounts of money seized by law enforcement officials, the ability to automate the process enables police and sheriff's departments to expedite the legal process and focus on other important issues, as well as other ongoing investigations. Rather than devoting time to manually counting seized money, a low-cost money counter can ultimately keep a law enforcement agency running as efficiently as possible.