Fayetteville police turn drug money into youth nonprofit funds

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Chief Harold Medlock said this is the first time the department has made this type of donation

The Fayetteville Police Department granted $55,000 in drug seizure money to three local youth nonprofits on Tuesday morning.

Chief Harold Medlock said this is the first time the department has made this type of donation to the community, which he sees as a long-range investment.

"It's something that we felt so strongly about - the work that's being done in our community to help prevent crime and keep our kids safe and on the right track," said Medlock.

Representatives from Great Oak Youth Development, the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland County, and the Fayetteville Urban Ministry's 'Find-A-Friend' mentoring program received the grants.

The check amounts were $14,000, $18,000 and $23,000 respectively.

Local leaders credited Medlock with displaying a passion for youth since taking over the department in 2013.

"We go to the table each week in meetings talking about our kids and what we can do," said Johnny Wilson, Executive Director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry. "And it's just so wonderful whenever you understand that the city is behind your back and what you do."

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