Tuesday, December 15, 2009

FBI gives KCPD $420,000 seized from convicted drug dealer

The Kansas City Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation yesterday gave Kansas City Police more than $420,000 seized from a major drug dealer that KCPD investigators helped the FBI arrest and prosecute.

Jacques Lavigne, also known as Frank Moran, pleaded guilty in March 2008 to his role in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of cocaine from his home on the Country Club Plaza. As part of the
plea deal, Lavigne agreed to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of his offenses, which included more than $500,000 in U.S. currency, jewelry, artwork, and high-end vehicles. Lavigne, age 65, is serving a 20-year sentence in federal prison.

Yesterday, Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian Truchon presented us with a check for $421,610 for our role in the investigation and arrest of Lavigne. This money will go into our federal seizure and forfeiture fund, and we have two years to spend it. The usage of these funds is restricted, typically going to pay for grant matches, computers and network systems, technology training, investigation expenses and facility improvements.

None of this would have happened without the dedicated efforts of KCPD’s undercover detectives and the FBI’s special agents. They worked with confidential informants and ultimately intercepted a 10-kilogram cocaine delivery from Florida. A major source of narcotics to the Kansas City area was cut off, thus reducing the flow of violence that comes with illegal drugs like these.
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