Police in Solvay scored a nice ride last month during a drug bust, picking up a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville after a two-month long investigation into a local marijuana dealer.
According to Police Chief Richard Cox, who gave the news to the village board earlier this month, the car "is completely loaded" and "has a better sound system than most kids in the village."
The car was owned by a low-level drug distributor in the village who was arrested on his way back from New York City sometime last month, according to Cox. He said under the federal forfeiture of assets law, the car became the property of village police once the drug dealer was adjudicated.
"It can be anything that is considered property," Cox said in an interview. "From a house to a car to money."
Cox told the village board that the car could be used for a variety of reasons including undercover work and assisting in seatbelt and stop sign details. He said they could even use it for official business if needed.