This is just one of the reasons why some are more than happy to see the drug war continue.
The money comes from funds seized in federal drug cases. According to the U.S. Justice Department, last year across the country law enforcement seized $1.6 billion in money and property from suspected drug dealers. Police are allowed to spend that money on things that legitimately protect the public. And the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s department insists a 2018 Dodge Charger Hellcat does exactly that…
…The Hellcat costs $69,280. That money came from federal drug forfeitures. Gwinnett taxpayers covered the $3300 to add hidden lights and sirens.
The Justice Department would not comment specifically on whether the Hellcat was an allowed purchase. In broad terms, federal drug money cannot be used to buy anything that’s “extravagant.” So the question — does a $70,000 high performance car fit that definition?
“I hesitate to use the word extravagant,” responded Volkodav. “We feel like we’re going to be able to use this vehicle to help save lives.”
It could have been worse though. He could have insisted on a Demon. (Which is one of the baddest cars ever made by a US carmaker.)