Seized drug funds buy new SWAT vehicle

June 25, 2009 (AURORA, Ill.) The specially equipped van will be used to respond to hostage incidents, barricade standoffs and dangerous search warrants, police said.

Aurora police say no taxpayer money was used to purchase the vehicle.

The nine-ton vehicle is armored and stops most gunfire, police say, meaning it can be placed much closer to a scene and in most cases, should greatly reduce the time it takes for officers to take action.

The new armored vehicle joins a second Special Response Team truck that was also purchased with seized drug money in 2003.

Aside from the SRT vehicles, a Forensic Investigation vehicle and Mobile Command Post have also been purchased in recent years with seized drug funds, Aurora police say. The four vehicles are worth about $1million total.

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