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Cash, property seizures sharply higher in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The state auditor is reporting that the value of seizures of cash and property that were connected to crimes in Minnesota surged in 2007.

After subtracting administrative costs, law enforcement agencies took in $4.32 million in seized cash and forfeited property. That's up more than 25 percent from the $3.42 million seized in 2006.

The money is divided between law enforcement, prosecutors and the state treasury. Most of the seized property was related to drug dealing and other controlled substance crimes.

State Auditor Rebecca Otto made her annual report on seizures in the state on Monday.

She's reporting that cash accounted for 51 percent of property seized last year, followed by firearms at 26 percent, vehicles at 21 percent and other property at 2 percent.

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