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Texas Police Department seizes cartel’s Corvette, names it 'Coptimus Prime'
“Coptimus Prime,” the New Braunfels PD’s new asset seizure Corvette, mades its official debut at the Comal County Fair Parade onSept. 25th in New Braunfels, Texas.
The 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, with after-market modifications for racing, was seized during a large methamphetamine raid in June of 2011, conducted jointly by the DEA and the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force (which includes NBPD and CCSO, among other agencies).
The Corvette was awarded to NBPD in 2013 following the conviction and sentencing of one of the arrestees. Seized assets, or funds from such assets when sold at auction, can only be used for specific expenses as outlined by the U.S. Department of Justice (see PDF file at justice.gov)
A contest was held in the community to name the vehicle, and the winning name selected was entered by local resident Chandler Radtke.
The Corvette’s original metallic burnt orange color remains intact. The vehicle was “wrapped” to look like an NBPD marked unit, which protects the original paint job and is easily removed. All funds used to wrap the vehicle, add lights, and engine maintenance come from other seized funds. (Gas for the vehicle comes from the city’s General Fund, just like every other vehicle in the department’s fleet)
As reported on the department’s Facebook page, the vehicle will not be used as a patrol car. Instead, the vehicle will be used as a community outreach tool in local parades, at school-related functions, during National Night Out, and other community events. The NBPD fleet also includes about 5 other vehicles that have come from asset forfeiture, but none are as high profile as a Corvette.
Read the whole story on the New Braunfels PD Facebook page.
- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via NBPD, 9/23/15)