Greenville deputies spend $1M of seized money on aircraft

Greenville deputies spend $1M of seized money on aircraft
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The Greenville County Sheriff's Office has seized over $1 million in the past five years.

The Greenville News reports ( ) most of the money has been spent to keep three aircraft flying and to train and feed police dogs.

Greenville County Financial Manager Linda Cobb says the seized money is the only way the county can pay for aircraft and the repairs, fuel and insurance needed.

The Sheriff's Office has two helicopters and a Cessna airplane. The Huey military-grade aircraft was used on two missions over two years.

The Cessna 182 single-engine four-seat plane logged 24 flight hours in 2014.

The sheriff office's smaller helicopter, the OH-58, logged about 120 flight hours in 2014.

Sheriff Steve Loftis says each mission was critical to the public's safety.

Information from: The Greenville News,

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