Prosecutor Drug Cash

October 25, 2011 - 1:50 PM
This December 2006 evidentiary photo provided by Stuckey, Garrigan, and Caspetter, from left, Shelby County, Texas, Precinct Four Constable Randy Whatley, Shelby County District Attorney Lynda Kaye Russell and Tenaha Deputy City Marshal Barry Washington, posing with $81,000 cash and 15 kilos of cocaine seized from Gregory Fuller during a traffic stop. Fuller recived probation for aggravated cocaine possession, a first degree felony that would normally result in a long prison sentence, after he agreed to forfeit the cash. Russell's system of allowing suspected drug runners and money launderers to receive extremely light sentences, or even escape criminal charges altogether, if they forfeited their cash to the prosecutor’s office is being investigated by the federal government. (AP Photo/ Stuckey, Garrigan, and Caspetter)