Concerns over Clayton County Sheriff Department's Corvette
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -
A 2008 Corvette is now parked at the Clayton County Sheriff's Department, to be used for work purposes.
Some citizens are concerned that the department used taxpayer money to buy the car, but Clayton County Sheriff's Department's Director of Constituency Services, Clarence E. Cox, said the department didn't pay for it.
Cox said the car clearly says on the back: "Donated by a Local Drug Dealer."
According to Cox, the car was used to transport cocaine and that the drug was even sometimes stashed in a taillight.
After that dealer was busted, the sheriff's department seized the car.
The $80,000 car will eventually be sold on auction and that money will go toward replenishing the department's aging fleet.
Cox said the Corvette, which wasn't painted but instead covered in removable wrapping with the Clayton County Sheriff Department's insignia, is not used for patrol or chases, but instead for promotional and educational appearances.
Still, taxpayers like Menyon Epps said they were concerned about the amount of money it costs to take care of a luxury car.
"I just think there are better things the department could do with that money," Epps said.
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