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Bad guys help pay costs for police rig

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POSTED April 11, 2014 1:47 a.m.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch — or a free mine-resistant protected (MRAP) for that matter.

The City of Manteca just took delivery of a MRAP for use by the Manteca Police Department. The $733,000 vehicle will be used in rescue situations as well as to deal with barricaded subjects or when mobile ballistic protection is critical to reduce risk to civilians and officers.

The vehicle is still owned by the Department of Defense with the City of Manteca being the registered owner. After the end of life use, it will be returned to the military.

The only costs to the city are shipping, maintenance, and insurance.

The shipping cost $7,150.

So are the taxpayers on the hook for it? Not exactly. The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is being asked to tap into the general fund asset seizure reserves to cover the tab. It is likely any other increase in costs such as insurance and fuel will come from that account as well.

Assets seizures are what convicted bad guys — usually drug dealers  — forfeit when they are convicted. It typically involves anything gained with the drug trade such as a house, cash, a car or things bought with illegally obtained money through the sale of drugs. So basically the bad guys are paying for the MRAP.

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