SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The YMCA of Greater Springfield benefiting from money taken in drug busts.
The Hampden County District Attorney’s office cut them a check for $8,600 to put towards their boxing program.
It’s all part of a new initiative in the county aimed at making neighborhoods safer through forfeited drug money.
“It’s important because the kids that come through these doors are doing positive things with their lives. They’re doing positive things not only for themselves, but that reflects back on the community from which they come, which make this community that much better,” says Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.
Officials can also initiate civil forfeiture proceedings to seize property and money involved in illegal drug activity.
The D.A. can use the seized money in a variety of ways in a continuing effort to fight crime.