The Wilmington Police Department has a fund it dips into to controlled buys or pay informants who make buys or offer tips.
Last fiscal year, from 2008 to 2009, there was $47,000 in the fund, said police spokeswoman Lucy Crockett. But, because of budget cuts, the amount was reduced this fiscal year to $37,000, she said.
The amount of money used from that fund depends on the situation. For example, purchasing a single ounce of powder cocaine, the minimum amount for the charge of trafficking cocaine, has a street value of $1,100 to $1,200, Crockett said.
Crockett said the police department also partners with federal, state and other local agencies, including inter-agency task forces, to combine resources in paying informants and making controlled buys.
Date posted: May 7, 2010