The director of the Dickson-based 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force shocked a state Senate subcommittee this week with testimony that money seized by drug agents was connected to international terrorism. Federal authorities said they found no evidence to support the claims and eventually returned $160,000 after over a year. The testimony came Wednesday as the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee opened hearings regarding oversight of drug task forces and interdiction units. The committee is reviewing how those agencies use state and federal seizure laws in the battle against drugs. Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville, who chairs the subcommittee, said he believes the seizure laws are used legitimately 90-95 percent of the time, but it’s that remaining 5-10 percent that has lawmakers considering introducing legislation next year to create more oversight of the task forces and possibly revamp the seizure procedures. David Hicks, director of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force that is based in Dickson and also serves Cheatham, Houston, Stewart and Humphreys counties, told the panel that $160,000 seized by an agent on Interstate 40 in 2011 was connected to terrorists. “I can tell you that money had terrorist ties overseas. I will tell you that,” Hicks told the committee. But attorney Olin Baker, who represented the New York businessman, said local, state and federal authorities could find no evidence to support those claims and Hicks admitted that the Drug Enforcement Agency eventually returned the money after more than a year. The U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that it found no evidence that the money was “forfeit-able” under any state or federal laws. Lawmakers have said they are concerned that profit motives are behind some of the seizures and Hicks admitted that task force agents are aware their positions are funded through the cash and assets that are seized in their investigations. The committee is hearing from task force directors, auditors and even people who have had assets seized in interstate stops as part of its investigation.