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Posted: September 20, 2012 9:06 p.m.

Drugs and cars

The Covington Police Department is purchasing nine, new, state-of-the-art police vehicles.

At first glance, you might wonder how much those new Dodge Chargers will cost the taxpayers.

Well, the answer is not a thing.

Police Chief Stacy Cotton said the cars will be purchase using forfeited drug money. That's a great, and poetic, use of thieves' ill-gotten funds.

It's also encouraging that the amount of money seized locally is very small, as Cotton said the majority of the money comes from the Atlanta area through Covington's parnterhsip with the Drug Enforcement Agency task force.

We commend our local and state police forces for taking these crooks off the streets, and doing so quietly in most cases. Thanks to these criminals, our already well-trained force got a little extra boost.

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