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Texas Agency Seizes Corvette Z06 from Drug Dealer, Renames It "Coptimus Prime"

September 24, 2015  | 

This CorvetteĀ Z06 was seized from a convicted drug dealer and awarded to the New Braunfels PD. (Photo: Facebook)
This Corvette Z06 was seized from a convicted drug dealer and awarded to the New Braunfels PD. (Photo: Facebook)

The New Braunfels (Texas) Police Department is rolling out the sleekest member of its vehicle fleet: a seized 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 named "Coptimus Prime" that previously belonged to a San Antonio-based drug trafficker with Mexican cartel ties.

Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Comal County Metro Narcotics Task Force, which includes the police department, seized the Corvette during a 2011 raid on a methamphetamine trafficking cell linked to the Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana. 

New Braunfels PD was awarded the sports car under a federal program that allows police departments to repurpose assets seized in criminal investigations.

Despite the vehicle's ability to reach top speeds of more than 190 mph according to TopSpeed.com, the Corvette won't be used as a patrol car, department spokesperson David Ferguson told mySA.com during a phone interview Wednesday. The sports car is too high profile for patrol use or undercover work, he said.

That doesn't mean the department won't show it off: the Corvette has been wrapped to look like a police patrol unit and will be used as a community outreach tool at school functions and local parades as a means to drum up youth interest in law enforcement.


Comments (10)

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Leonard @ 9/24/2015 4:24 PM

This is exactly why civil asset forfeiture needs to be eliminated. Many departments throughout the country use this too to fatten their budgets and in some cases, shiny new toys. While the department stated in this case, the suspect was a major dealer, this has become the exception rather than the rul, with department collecting over 2 billion from citizens, without conviction according to the Washington post. Travel along the I95 corridor is the wrong car, be the wrong race, and have cash in your pocket, there is a good chance that you will be stopped and have your cash seized. Civil assets forfeiture without conviction is wrong and abused far too much writhing the LE community.

Charles Foxtrot @ 9/25/2015 10:10 AM

If it is in the Washington Post- it MUST be true....

BPD @ 9/26/2015 8:17 AM

While Leonard makes a very valid point that civil forfeiture can go too far, in this particular case there shouldn't be an issue.

The subject was CONVICTED in criminal court and it is clear that beyond being a simple drug dealer trying to make a modest living, he made huge profits by working with cartels that have in recent history murdered many thousands of people.

This is exactly what civil forfeiture should be. Putting this on display in the community shows that you don't get to keep what you stole in profit from the suffering of others.

Roger @ 9/26/2015 8:34 AM

And.....Leonard proves he is an idiot

Lawman @ 9/26/2015 8:46 AM

Leonard: You are an example why the reasons asset forfeitures are legal and are done. Obviously, the forfeiture was legal and why the cops got the car. Anyone connected to drug trafficking and especially to a drug cartel needs to have their assets forfeited...proceeds from these "businesses" don't need to be in the hands of criminals. When the courts have proof that forfeitures are legal and proper, the seizures are justified...if you don't break the law, you're assets aren't seized. Don't give a reason for the law to seize your property, and it won't be seized!

Fezz Budikah @ 9/26/2015 9:18 AM

I agree with the seizure but not in the departments use of the car. It should be auctioned off and the proceeds put towards their budget.

Notmeofficer @ 9/26/2015 6:02 PM

@leonard
This is exactly what asset seizure is all about in the purest sense. Take drug money and assets from those who poison our people... In this case cartel members.
The cartels "seize" without impunity.

I just wish we had bounties again..and no borders if you commit a crime.

Dick @ 9/26/2015 8:15 PM

Learn to spell before you bash law enforcement. You agree with this vehicle being seized and try to use it to make a case to eliminate forfeitures??? Go back in your basement Leonard.

Kojack58 @ 9/27/2015 6:24 PM

I will agree that the car should be sold so that we can fund more officers and technical equipment to fight these drug cartels

Bozeman @ 9/29/2015 9:14 PM

Great use! Sell the 2007 vet at auction and get pennies on the dollar to use towards budget or save the cost of another Charger? Hell, they should seize more cars and repurpose them instead of using tax money to pay for brand new cars.

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