Van Zandt Co. introduces 'The Beast'
Van Zandt County, Texas (KETK) — The Van Zandt County Commissioner's Court voted unanimously on August 24, to allow the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office to receive from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office the 1993 International Armored Truck which is owned by Brinks Incorporated.
Brinks Incorporated is a security transportation company long known for its good working relations with all law enforcement communities.
Brinks Inc. waived the usual ten dollar rental fee normally charged to agencies taking possession of their assets. The simple contract states receiving agencies are at liberty to use the trucks for law enforcement purposes but are required to return the vehicle to Brinks or transfer it to another law enforcement entity when the vehicle is no longer in use.
Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray said, "These trucks are used to serve high risk search warrants and high risk arrest warrants. Our Narcotics Officers have been progressively working with our law enforcement partners across our county, including the Van Zandt County Criminal District Attorney, Mr. Chris Martin to identify and locate drug dealers. Mr. Martin and several of our local Police Chiefs have worked together to fund numerous "undercover buys" in our communities and very soon we will be rounding up some drug dealers."
Because the current financial environment is so challenging, thesheriff's office is always looking for ways to stretch their resources.
The Commissioners Court has been very supportive of the Sheriff's Office so they are doing everything they can to take assets away from the individuals in communities who choose to not play by the rules.
Sheriff Ray continued, "I am simply trying to create an environment where the criminal violator who lives here, or those criminal violators who come here, will find that Van Zandt County is no longer a place where they are comfortable carrying out their criminal activities. We are discussing with our District Attorney the feasibility of taking houses, land, automobiles and other assets away from the individuals who insist on making their living selling drugs. I realize this is a pretty intimidating machine, our deputies have nicknamed it, "The Beast". I would like to stress that if you see it going down the road; please realize that it is just another tool being used to try to make our communities safer places to live."