KINGWOOD \u2014 The Preston County Prosecuting Attorney\u2019s office has filed a petition seeking forfeiture of money, a van and drugs taken during an investigation.\r\nThe county is seeking\u00a0 possession of $3,141.27 cash, a 1999 GMC passenger van and 1.5\u00a0 pills of unknown type. All were taken from Kevin Ray Shaffer, of Kingwood, according to the petition for forfeiture filed in Preston Circuit Court this month by Assistant Prosecutor Megan Allender.\r\nShaffer is under investigation for delivery of a controlled substance after allegedly selling cocaine on five occasions last year to police informants, according to the petition.\r\nThe van and cash are subject to forfeiture because they were used in illegal drug trafficking, the petition says. It notes that Shaffer\u2019s wife, \u201cmay have a marital interest in the seized property.\u201d\r\nState law requires forfeited money to be divided among the prosecuting attorney, to pay the court fees related to the claim and into an investigative account. Preston Chief Deputy P.A. Pritt said earlier that account is used for further drug investigations.\r\nLast year the prosecutor\u2019s office filed a petition for forfeiture against cash and drugs seized from Joseph Patrick Wilhelm, of Kingwood.\r\nThat included $7,195.49, pulverized marijuana, two small white containers of marijuana oil, two small bags of marijuana, a plastic container of marijuana, three Adderall capsules, one pill embossed \u201c7.5 325,\u201d 351 pills embossed \u201cM\u201d and \u201c4,\u201d 296 pills embossed \u201cASC 116,\u201d two digital scales, a broken glass jar with marijuana, and a red and yellow rubber container with marijuana.\r\nWilhelm\u2019s attorney, Conrad Gall, filed paperwork in the case, asking for the return of the $7,195.49. In that reply, Wilhelm denied \u201cthat all of the currency was in a safe and expressly denies admitting to selling contraband for financial gain.\u201d\r\nHe also says the forfeiture would violate his Eighth Amendment rights by, \u201cimposition of excessive fines.\u201d\r\nThe forfeiture is pending. Wilhelm was indicted by the Preston County Grand Jury in January on two counts of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver (Diludid and Methadone). That case is also pending.