Farmington uses drug forfeiture funds to buy police vehicle

Farmington Public Safety will purchase two new patrol vehicles this year, but only one with local tax dollars.

Farmington Public Safety Director Frank Demers told city council members on Monday that one of two Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles will be purchased with drug forfeiture funds. Bid price for each vehicle is $25,585, and delivery is expected sometime this summer.

Funds were seized by authorities through illegal narcotics activity. Demers said this is, to his knowledge, the first time the department has used forfeiture funds to purchase a vehicle.

“Drug forfeiture dollars have increased substantially over the past five years,” he said in a press release. “As a result, the department is in a position to use some of these funds toward the purchase of a vehicle, rather than have to use money from the City’s general fund.”