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NC sheriff’s office to keep Corvette seized from drug dealer

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A North Carolina sheriff’s office plans to keep a Corvette seized from a dealer to teach children about the dangers of selling drugs. (WTVD-TV)

RALEIGH, N.C. — A North Carolina sheriff’s office plans to keep a Corvette seized from a drug dealer to teach children about the dangers of selling drugs.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that the Wake County Sheriff’s Office seized the 2007 Corvette in a drug raid years ago.

Officials originally said they would use the car as a department vehicle and then auction it with proceeds going to the Wake school system.

But Sheriff Donnie Harrison now said the Corvette will be used to show children that their cars will get confiscated if they are caught selling drugs.

Broughton High School teacher Jennifer Cates said she fears students may learn that you can buy nice cars with drug money.

The car is a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 with a top track speed of 198 mph and a base sticker price of $74,875. Its V8 racing engine generates 505 horsepower.

The special-model Chevy has reportedly lost about two-thirds of its potential sales value.

In 2009, WTVD-TV reported that the sheriff’s office used the muscle car to pull over drivers for speeding.

Read more: The News & Observer of Raleigh


  • kieth

    Booty money. This money is stolen money from the people through b&e and other crimes. the car or other items seized
    should be returned to the county. The county commissioners should determine when and where the money is spent. This idea is a bad one, some counties have had law enforcement to allow drug operations to “mature” until it is worth more to bust. Meanwhile kids are getting hooked on the drugs.

    • dfinch

      I don’t think you finished reading the whole article. It said the base price was $74+K, The car now has lost about 2/3 of it’s original price.

  • OCKempson

    I saw this exact Z-06 at the NC State Fairgrounds this spring- with expired registration on license plate! Nice job Wake County SD showing that if you are the law, you can be above the law. Also, WCSD does not routinely run speed enforcement.

  • FaithC

    I agree with the teacher, this will just show kids you can buy expensive things and have lots of money if you sell drugs.
    Sell the car and donate the money to the schools.

  • Just Saying

    If they said that they were going to auction the car and give the school the money, then that’s what they should do. What are you teaching the children by not keeping your word. They don’t have the right to justify this decision by offering to show kids what they can lose “if they get caught” selling drugs. Hello……let’s not put that on the “what I wanna be when I grow up” list. If you asked most parents and teachers they would agree that school needs money, to better our children’s education.

  • Mike McCue

    Kids already know they can buy expensive vehicles with drug money. It’s not the first time nor the last time an expensive vehicle has/will be seized. Where has this teacher been?

  • Bo Diddley

    These cops are the crooks. Hey look kids if you sell drugs you can get one of these and maybe if the incompetent heroes catch they will take it away….but probably not.

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