Earlier today, federal law enforcement officials donated one-hundred pairs of designer shoes, that were seized from an Evansville drug dealer, to the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office for distribution through the EVSC’s clothing bank program.

Federal authorities delivered the shoes to Sherriff Eric Williams this morning as part of what they are calling “Operation Goodwill.” United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett says the program is a win-win.

“It saves Hoosiers tax dollars, and it will help strengthen community efforts here in Evansville designed to keep drugs out of our schools,” he said. “ I believe it also sends an important message that if you engage in criminal behavior such as drug dealing, you will be caught, and your ill-gotten gains will be taken away from you.”

In 2010, Authorities confiscated 115 pairs of new shoes from Seth Merrik of Evansville after issuing a search warrant at his residence for drug related activity. Merrick was convicted and sentenced in May of 2011 for his involvement in the trafficking of hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the Evansville metro area.

The shoes will be donated to the PTA Clothing Bank program.