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Seized Drug Money Pays For New Bulletproof Vests

Drug money seized in Smith County is helping a small East Texas police department.   Starting today, every Troup police officer will have a brand new bulletproof vest. The Smith County District Attorney's Office used money taken in drug busts to pay for the vests. The officers were wearing old vests that had to be pinned together to stay on. Police Chief Pat Hendrix says the new vests are a matter of life or death.  

"The DPS Trooper that got shot, without the vest he probably wouldn't be with us," said Troup Police Chief. "The vest that the patrolman were wearing were 10-15 years old, not warranted at that point. We don't know if they are going to work or not, so we're very excited about it."   Chief Hendrix says they also requested patrol rifles and shotguns from the DA's office. The department should be getting those soon.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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