Texas Police Reveal ‘Coptimus Prime’ Corvette Seized From Drug Dealer

It’s not just the police departments of Abu Dhabi and Dubai that have exotic sports cars in their inventory as the New Braunfels Police Department in Texas also has a rather impressive Chevrolet Corvette at its disposal.

Unlike some police departments which may receive high-end vehicles directly from automakers for PR purposes, the story behind this Corvette is a little more exciting; it was seized from a drug dealer.

The police department took to Facebook to clear up any confusion about the vehicle which has been in its possession since 2015. In that time, it has been transformed with a black and white police car wrap and fittingly dubbed Coptimus Prime.

The aggressive Corvette certainly stands out from any other police cars in the state and frequently makes appearances at local schools and at community events in an attempt to spark engagement and interaction between local residents and police.

The New Braunfels Police Department says it will eventually sell the Corvette at auction.

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  • Six_Tymes

    COOL, and why not.

    • pcurve

      “The New Braunfels Police Department says it will eventually sell the Corvette at auction.”

      Yup. sounds like a good plan.

      • Status

        Public exposure is good, and what better way to say ‘fuck you’ to the former owner.

        • Auf Wiedersehen

          I agree…Dubai just does this to promote opulence and “look at us burning all our money” but this is saying, yeah look at us scum bags, we’re gonna USE your shit! :p) hahahaha!

  • Patrick Bong

    Isn’t it a huge conflict of interest for the police to use things they seized themselves, for themselves?

    • TotallyDisqusted

      Yes. Police seizure and use of assets is a HUGE issue that doesn’t get enough attention. There have been numerous stories about police departments seizing assets illegally and keeping them or selling them and keeping the profit.

    • Kash

      You have to prove how the asset was paid for, or where the money came from to buy the item. If the money used to buy the item was earned through illegal activities, i.e. selling drugs, then the cops can legally seize said item. They can’t just seize anything they want, there’s a lengthy process that requires more than “Well this person is a drug dealer so everything they own was paid for by drug money.”

      They have to prove what exactly was paid for with money earned illegally. Or if the vehicle was used in the commission of a crime, saying transporting large quantities of drugs or robbing a bank, but in those situations they don’t seize the vehicle you’re forfeiting the vehicle to them because you used it to commit a crime.

      Also doing this stuff helps supplement their budgets which means they’re taking less money from taxpayers.

      • David Behmoaras

        I think you should watch this:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kEpZWGgJks

        • Kash

          There are some areas that need fixing/revision, yes, but very little in the world doesn’t. That being said if it wasn’t for Civil Forfeiture Bernie Madoff would’ve kept all the money he made from his ponzi scheme, or his victims would’ve had to go through a lengthy litigation, if they could even afford it, to maybe get some of their money back.

          • David Behmoaras

            For every one Bernie Madoff there are 300 million Americans.

  • this is what japanese cops can never do. brilliant.