Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced Tuesday that the Palmyra School District will receive $4,000 in forfeited cash. This is a result of a forfeiture action filed by Clayton’s office immediately following a 2017 arrest and seizure of funds.

Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton announced Tuesday that the Palmyra School District will receive $4,000 in forfeited cash. This is a result of a forfeiture action filed by Clayton’s office immediately following a 2017 arrest and seizure of funds.

The Judgement of Forfeiture was ordered by the Court on Oct. 15. Under the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act, cash proceeds related to criminal activity can be seized and ordered to be transferred to a local school district.

Quincy L. Hale, 38, of Des Moines, was stopped by Palmyra Police in September of 2017. The stop resulted in the seizure of 4.1 grams of ecstasy and over $4,000 in cash. Hale entered an open guilty plea to the charge of possession of a controlled substance and a sentencing report was ordered by the Court.

Clayton requested that the defendant be sentenced to the maximum on the charge of seven years in prison, based in part on his prior criminal history. Defense Counsel Rex Bradley requested probation. The defendant received a seven-year sentence and was placed on probation.

“I spoke with Superintendent Malone today. He was pleased with the announcement. From a negative can come a positive when drug money is taken away from criminals and transferred to schools. This was a team effort by the Palmyra Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Marion County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office,” Clayton said.