Seized Drug Money Buys New Vehicles for Belvidere Police

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BELVIDERE (WIFR) – The Belvidere Police Department is not only busting drug dealers, but also taking their money. Today, officers unveiled three new squad cars.

Instead of using tax dollars to purchase two new canine SUV’s and a van, the department used the money seized during drug raids. The total cost of the vehicles was about $150,000 and police say the new vehicles will keep more drug dealers off the streets.

“If you could see the vehicles we retired just a few weeks ago, they were rusty, they were worn out. It’s a win-win for the community when we can take an asset from a drug dealer, put it to good use and not charge the tax payer anything,” said Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble.

The Belvidere Police Department currently has two canine officers. They’ve been using the new SUV’s for the last three weeks.

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