- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

TRENTON, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area police department became $524,000 richer Monday thanks to its work on a federal bulk-cash smuggling case.

Marlon Miller, who heads up the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit, was scheduled to present Trenton police with money obtained from the probe Monday night.

“These funds will allow the Trenton Police Department to continue the excellent work they do in the community,” said Miller, who was to give an oversized check to Trenton police and fire Chief James Nardone during a ceremony at a City Council meeting.

Eskender Mafarani was convicted in 2009 after trying to smuggle about $2 million into the U.S. at the Ambassador Bridge. The Canadian citizen was sentenced to federal prison and ordered to forfeit his claim to the assets.

The remaining forfeited proceeds are being retained by the Homeland Security Investigations unit.

Trenton’s involvement began in 2008, when a Trenton police officer, who also is an HSI task force member, was one of the first responders on the scene. The officer provided assistance as a government witness in the case as well as transportation of the defendant, collection of evidence and interviews of witnesses.

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