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Police agencies rewarded for work on case

August 09, 2002

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County law enforcement agencies recently received more than $64,000 for work that led to the federal indictment of a local man.

U.S. Attorney Thomas A. Marino presented the Franklin County District Attorney's Office and the Chambersburg Police Department with checks for more than $32,000 each.

The checks are a portion of the county's and the police department's share of the net proceeds of forfeited funds connected with the arrest and prosecution of Kareem Montgomery, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A two-year investigation by the Franklin County Drug Task Force, which the District Attorney's Office oversees, the Chambersburg Police Department, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pennsylvania State Police ended in July 2001 with the federal indictment of Montgomery on a charge of delivery of crack cocaine.

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A federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pa., heard testimony of Montgomery's alleged activities in and around the Chambersburg area.

When police took Montgomery into custody, he was in possession of crack cocaine and a firearm, the District Attorney's Office alleged.

Police searched a residence on Sollenberger Road in Hamilton Township where Montgomery allegedly stored drugs.

The search yielded about two kilos of cocaine as well as several pounds of marijuana and a Lexus automobile, officials alleged.

The seized drugs would have had a street value of about $180,000. A search of Montgomery's residence in Cumberland County yielded about $100,000 cash, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The Franklin County District Attorney's Office and the Chambersburg Police Department have already received one prior disbursement from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with this investigation.

The county previously received $12,941 and the police department about $13,500.

Forfeiture funds, as well as interest earned on those funds, must be used for law enforcement purposes.

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