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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department in northern Idaho has given the Idaho Meth Project $40,000 it obtained through drug-seizures.

“This is drug dealer money we’re using against them,” said Maj. Ben Wolfinger. “Methamphetamine has been a huge problem here for years and years.”

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports ( that the check was presented Friday to first lady Lori Otter on behalf of the Idaho Meth Project.

The first lady said the $40,000 is a “huge” contribution toward the effort of preventing first-time methamphetamine use.

The $40,000 is a big jump over the $5,000 donation last year. Wolfinger said the department was able to make more of an effort making drug seizures last year, leading to the larger donation.

“To me this is the Idaho spirit,” Lori Otter said. “We’re going to not only arrest you and put you away, but we’re also going to take your money and we’re going to use it against you.”

The money represents a percentage of drug-seizure proceeds from the previous year accumulated by sheriff’s department deputies.

“About 80 percent of our inmates are there because of drug-related issues,” Wolfinger said. “We’d like to reduce our jail population. Prevention has to be the way, because we can’t do it all through enforcement.”

The department said that during the past 13 months, deputies have seized 739 pounds of marijuana, 2.2 pounds of methamphetamine, nearly $830,000 in cash and 13 vehicles. Deputies also made 29 drug-related arrests.



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