National Guard helping to scan seized vehicles
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KINGSTON, N.Y. – Kingston Police teamed up with the New York National Guard in an effort to fight drugs and crime in the city.
The police used resources from the National Guard to conduct an extensive search of every vehicle that was seized during "Operation: Clean Sweep." The National Guard used a scanning device on more than a dozen vehicles to look for any dangerous drugs, weapons or explosives.
As the vehicles are being scanned, the purpose is to make sure the vehicles are safe to either return to the owners or to be auctioned off.
"Anytime we have a vehicle that was used in a gang or a narcotics trade, then we make sure the vehicle it brought here. It does save us time. They can do a much better search than we can. It allows us to find things we would normally miss. It does offer a lot and with the number of vehicles we have, speeds things up for us," sad Kingston Police Chief Egidio Tinti.
Last month, Kingston Police arrested more than 100 suspects on drug related charges.