SARANAC LAKE - A local police department recently received federal asset forfeiture funds to purchase new equipment.
Appearing in Malone last Wednesday, Congressman William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, presented Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason with a check for $5,000.
The funds are presented regularly to law enforcement agencies belonging to the Franklin County Border Narcotics Task Force, which includes the county Sheriff's Department, the District Attorney's office, and the Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Malone police departments.
Nason said the funds are compiled through regional drug and asset seizures and awarded to departments involved in specific investigations.
According to Nason, the most recent award will be used to outfit police cruisers with wireless internet capabilities.