IMPERIAL — The city of Imperial approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Imperial Police Department and the Imperial Valley Coalition Domestic Highway Enforcement Group (IVDC DHE) Wednesday, September 4.

The mission of asset forfeiture is to disrupt criminal enterprises and remove the instruments and proceeds of crime. Potential revenue must not be allowed to jeopardize the effective investigation and prosecution of criminal offenses, officer safety, the integrity of ongoing investigations or the due process rights of citizens.

The IVDC DHE targets the point of transportation on freeways, highways, and streets in and around Imperial County. This ability to intercept vehicles trafficking money and drugs create great vulnerability for both the drug trafficking organizations (DTO) suppliers and dealers, offering law enforcement the greatest chance of success in disrupting the supply of drugs and the violence associated with narcotics trafficking at the United States/Mexico border and its surrounding towns.

Exploiting this vulnerability will impact the DTOs and their higher-level sources of supply, as well as the Southern border trafficking networks. IVDC DHE will bring federal, state, and local law enforcement, intelligence, and prosecutorial resources to bear on the entire drug distributions network in the area of the US/Mexico border of Imperial County.

Participants of the IVDC DHE include the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations – San Diego, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, and El Centro, Brawley, Calexico, and Imperial police departments. There will be no fiscal impacts regarding approval.

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