Oklahoma lawmaker wants to divert seized 'drug money' to U.S. border wall construction

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - An Oklahoma lawmaker said he wants to use money seized by authorities to help pay for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

State Rep. Bobby Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, released a statement Thursday about his proposal. He said Oklahoma law allows law enforcement to seize property, including money, believed to be used in criminal activity.

He said unless the owner can claim the money wasn’t used improperly, it often stays with the department.

“This money is drug money. They vast majority of it is either coming from Mexico or headed there. By redirecting this cash to construction efforts, Mexico will be paying for the wall just as promised,” Cleveland said.

It’s unclear exactly where all money seized in law enforcement sweeps comes from.

Cleveland said he hopes to have an amendment ready before the end of the legislative session.


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