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VERMONT TO RECEIVE OVER $1 MILLION FROM U.S. CUSTOMS

 VERMONT TO RECEIVE OVER $1 MILLION FROM U.S. CUSTOMS
 ROUSES POINT, N.Y., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- At a brief ceremony tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the State House, Montpelier, Vt., Gov. Howard Dean will accept a check in the amount of $1,038,648 from the U.S. Customs Service under its Asset Sharing Program.
 Thomas McDermott, director of domestic operations, U.S. Customs Service, Washington, D.C., will make the presentation to Gov. Dean. The check, a portion of $1.3 million seized in November 1990, is to be awarded to the Vermont State Police, Northern Vermont Drug Task Force and will be distributed among local agencies participating in the task force.
 The currency seizure resulted from information provided to U.S. Customs Service Special Agents by the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force concerning a possible attempt by associates of a major Vermont-based narcotics organization to illegally smuggle either narcotics or currency from the United States.
 On Nov. 2, 1990, Customs Special Agents from the Derby Line, Vt., office and U.S. Border Patrol Agents, while conducting a surveillance in the area of the Line Farm in Holland, Vt., attempted to stop three ATV's travelling north into Canada. One of the ATVs, operated by Michael McNaney, crashed while attempting to evade the stop. Search of the vehicle revealed $1,289,700. The currency was seized and McNaney arrested. A subsequent search of the area resulted in the arrest of Michael Johnson and the seizure of his truck and a trailer which had been used to transport the ATVs to the Holland area.
 The currency, truck and trailer were forfeited to the U.S. Government on Feb. 20, 1990; and John O'Hara, the U.S. Customs Office of Enforcement Special Agent in Charge at Rouses Point, N.Y., recommended that 80 percent of the value of the seized property be turned over to the Northern Vermont Drug Task Force for their assistance in providing information, research and analysis which led to the seizure.
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 /CONTACT: John F. O'Hara of the U.S. Customs Service, 518-297-6661/ CO: U.S. Customs Service ST: New York; Vermont IN: SU:


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