It pays off for local law enforcement to help break up interstate drug rings.
By assisting in a Federal investigation of drug dealers, the Newberry County Sheriff Office has added two vehicles to their fleet with no cost to the local taxpayer.
A 2006 Ford F150, seized from a group of drug dealers, has been added to the sheriff’s fleet. Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster said that they could not comment on the specifics of the case because it is a federal case still under investigation and prosecution. Foster says that the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in the investigation and that the truck was seized under a program that allows local governments to use seized assets for local law enforcement.
Wanting to send a message to those illegally selling drugs, on both sides of the tailgate there’s a disclaimer that reads, “This truck was seized from a drug dealer.”
The vehicle has been assigned to a Court House Security Officer and is seen parked at the court house, said Foster, “so that defendants attending criminal court can see the vehicle and know that we are serious about the fight against illegal drugs.”
In addition, Foster says that they want the citizens and taxpayers attending business at the court house to know that they are making every effort to continue to provide the level of service they have become accustomed to while being good stewards of tax dollars.
Sheriff Foster also said that the office purchased a 2003 Dodge 2500 pickup from grant funds from the U.S. Forestry Service. Most people will recognize the truck as a SHEP or roadside assistance vehicle.
The vehicle will be used as a utility vehicle and to pull the mobile command center previously purchased using only Department of Homeland Security grant funds.
“We recognize that these are difficult times, and we will continue to work diligently to find and secure alternate funding sources to enable us to protect and serve our citizens,” said Foster.
The truck has been assigned to a Court House Security Officer.