2011-09-21 / County Lifestyles

DA’s office provides equipment to police SRT Team

RAYMONDVILLE POLICE CORPORAL LEO MUNOZ AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY BERNARD W. AMMERMAN RAYMONDVILLE POLICE CORPORAL LEO MUNOZ AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY BERNARD W. AMMERMAN The District Attorney announced today that Texas Department of Public Safety with the cooperation with the District Attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Division has seized and forfeited $475,806.60 from criminals. Pursuant to the local forfeiture agreement with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the District Attorney’s Office is tendering a check totaling $333,065.32 to DPS. Willacy County is a conduit for the repatriation of bulk cash shipments destined for Mexico. The geographic and strategic location near the Mexican border makes Willacy County a prime area for large-scale money laundering activities. The primary mission of the Forfeiture Division is to ensure that criminals do not benefit financially from their illegal acts. Asset forfeiture has the power to disrupt criminal organizations by removing the proceeds of crime and other assets relied upon by criminals to perpetuate their criminal activity against Willacy County. Since money laundering is a crime of greed, asset forfeiture is an effective weapon because it removes the profit from such illegal activities.

In an effort to better equip and assist Willacy County local law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office has purchased and loaned the Raymondville Police Department Special Response Team (SRT) a ballistic entry shield, non-lethal chemical grenades, and non-lethal taser weapon cartridges. The SRT is a specially trained unit used to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers. SRT team members' duties include: serving high-risk fugitive arrest warrants, drug search warrants, subduing barricaded suspects, and engaging heavily-armed criminals. District Attorney Bernard W. Ammerman stated, “It is an honor for the DA’s Office to assist Raymondville PD SRT with making our streets safer for our community.” Accepting the equipment from the District Attorney is Raymondville Police Corporal Leo Munoz.

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