Bonnaroo fines boost local law enforcement drug funds

Those charged during Bonnaroo appeared in court Aug. 2, Aug. 29 and Oct. 29. They paid fines and contributions benefiting the Manchester Police Department Drug Fund (MPDDF), the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Drug Fund (CCSDDF) and the Narcotics Enforcement Team with the Coffee County District Attorney’s office (NET).

Those arrested and cited on drug charges during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival made appearances in Coffee County General Sessions Court Tuesday, Aug. 2, Aug. 29 and Oct. 29.

Some of those individuals will make contributions to local law enforcement drug funds.  The contributions are made in lieu of supervised probation.

The fine amounts vary depending on the nature of the charge, the person’s criminal history, and type and amount of drugs. The contributions range from $250 to $10,000.

The collected money will boost the Manchester Police Department Drug Fund (MPDDF), the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Drug Fund (CCSDDF) and the Narcotics Enforcement Team with the Coffee County District Attorney’s office (NET).

 

Contributions to date

The amount of the total contributions for MPDDF, CCSDDF and NET to date is $272,800. Of that $149,500 goes to CCSDDF, $63,700 goes to MPDDF and $59,600 benefits NET.

 

 

Oct. 29 docket

Of the 54 cases before Judge Jere Ledsinger, half will be addressed at later court date.

The 27 remaining cases, ranging from vandalism and assault to various drug charges, resulted in fines and contributions totaling $61,200 being divided among local law enforcement agencies. One case involving assault resulted in an order of $4,000 restitution. Two drug cases resulted in the forfeiture of property (value not included in amount). Fines and contributions were distributed by arresting agency.

 

MPD drug fund

About $27,500 will go to MPDDF.

The money in this fund is used to tackle drug problems in the community. With that money, MPD runs drug operations, pays informants and buys vehicles and equipment. In past years, part of the fund has been used for purchasing vehicles.

While Bonnaroo contributions boost the fund, the majority of the money for the MPDDF comes from drug cases police officers deal with throughout the year. In past years, part of the fund has been used for purchasing vehicles.

According to Manchester City Finance Director Bridget Anderson, the city has received so far this year about $88,000 for the drug fund (not including the Bonnaroo contributions). The fund balance of the drug fund currently is about $630,000, according to Anderson.

 

CCSD drug fund

CCSDDF will see about $19,000 from the Bonnaroo Oct. 29 cases.

Though the contributions from Bonnaroo cases go to the drug fund, most of the money in the fund comes from drug-related cases that deputies deal with throughout the year.

A main source of money for this fund is the minimum fine and contribution associated with every drug case. In that minimum fine, by law, a certain portion of the money goes to the drug fund.

Another source of money for the drug fund is seizures conducted by officers

The Times reached out to Marianna Edinger, Coffee County director of accounts and budgets, to find out what the fund balance of the CCSDDF is; however, Edinger didn’t reply.

 

NET

Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) operates under the Coffee County District Attorney’s offices. NET was previously known as Drug Task Force. The NET fund will see about $14,700 from the Bonnaroo cases.