11 Jun 2013

Govt agencies to get drug seizure funds

7:57 am on 11 June 2013

$8.3 million seized from drug crime since 2009 will be allocated to Government agencies to fight drug-related crime and addiction.

Government agencies will soon be able to bid for funding for specific drug and law enforcement initiatives.

Justice Minister Judith Collins said the Government is sending a very clear message by taking money made by drug dealers to directly fight crime and addiction.

She said bids will be assessed by the Inter-Agency Committee on Drugs, and the Government will have decided who to fund by the end of the year.