Lancaster County District Attorney grants access to drug forfeiture records

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Lancaster County commissioners and District Attorney, Craig Stedman remain at odds over how drug forfeiture money is being spent. 

On Monday the district attorney’s office let ABC 27 News take a look at those records. 

The records have been in question since the district attorney’s office claimed the Lancaster County Drug Task Force was running out of money. 

In order to get a better look at how the money from drug forfeitures is spent LNP + Lancaster Online, a media partner for ABC 27 News, and Lancaster County commissioners have been fighting to take a look at the records. 

On Monday the district attorney’s office allowed ABC 27 News to take a look at the records, but not report on specifics. 

The district attorney’s office says the law doesn’t require them to report everything, and they have also argued that some information could put investigations and investigators in jeopardy. 

ABC 27 News saw expenditures for items salaries for drug task force members, equipment for the task force, and money spent on youth programs. 

“Some of the reports out there might indicate there is impropriates and these spendings are made in secret,” Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, said. “They’re not. What’s secret about literally showing every receipt from every forfeiture payment we’ve had in the past eight years?”

Hambright said that commissioners have had access to expenditures in the past. 

Hambright also said the district attorney’s office invited commissioners to take a look at the receipts, but as of Monday afternoon they had declined the opportunity to review them.

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