DA’s Use Of Confiscated Vehicle Spurs Discussion During Commissioners Court

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An often-overlooked item on the Dallas County Commissioners Court agenda caused a flap at Tuesday’s meeting.

Under a “miscellaneous” item, the District Attorney’s office notified the court it wanted to use a seized 2001 Porsche Boxter during District Attorney investigations.

County Judge Maureen Dickey initially questioned it, adding that she would vote against the action even though it wasn’t up for a vote.

District Attorney Craig Watkins himself then came and hinted he knows what kinds of cars criminals drive.

“Drug dealers drive Porsches,” he said. The blunt assessment took two Democratic commissioners by surprise: Judges Clay Jenkins and Elba Garcia both were taken aback because their spouses drive Porsches.

But Watkins said he uses all kinds of seized vehicles in drug investigations.

“Every vehicle we seize,” he said, “and I’m kind of miffed at why it was even a story because we seize vehicles monthly.”

The car in question is not an especially pricey automobile, but Dickey claims any car, plane or gun a county agency gets should be sold.

“We shouldn’t drive it, we should’ve fly it, we shouldn’t shoot it, we need to put it up for auction and that money needs to go into the general fund,” she said.

First Assistant Dallas County District Attorney Heath Harris questioned the wisdom of even discussing the matter.

“When comments like these are made, now we can’t use them. And you put our officers in danger when you do that,” he told Dickey, adding, “When you make those kinds of comments, you, you, you divulge that type of information … our chief investigators are on the scene today that use these various different vehicles that we use and do our job. But now, those vehicles cannot be used.”

Jenkins believes the seized vehicles are under the sole control of the D.A.’s office and is unsure sure why they were even on the agenda.

“It’s my understanding that they apprise us of that fact but we can’t hold a vote to stop them from doing those things,” he said.

Watkins termed the discussion political and hinted his motives should not be questioned. Addressing the court, he said, “You’ve benefited from the fact that we have restored justice in Dallas County on so many levels, and you’re safer than you were before we came into office.”

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department wants to use a seized car, too, a Hummer. Sheriff Lupe Valdez, though, said it would be used as a recruiting tool.

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  1. Harris says:

    Corruption in our our city is running rampant and will be the demise, and we need to do something about it. There is another really disturbing story about a Dallas business owner, who was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to their fees, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his property, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him to be an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this “servant” order for 10 months.

    http://www.lawinjustice.com has an explanation of this really disturbing case.. The frequency of instances like these seems to be increasing exponentially even though they get little media attention

    http://www.lawinjustice.com has an explanation of this really disturbing case.. The frequency of instances like these seems to be increasing exponentially even though they get little media attention

  2. Harris says:

    I apologize for the duplicate post above. There is no way to edit it.

  3. RussP says:

    So glad I’ll be a Denton county resident soon where the politicians seem to understand what they were elected for and don’t wind up indicted and in jail.

  4. ALICE IN DALLAS says:

    HOW MANY SIEZED VEHICLES ARE BEING USED BY THE DA AND SHERIFF’S OFFICE? NUMBER ONE ALL SEIZED PROPERTY VEHICLES OR HOMES OR PERSONAL ITEMS SHOULD BE AUCTIONED PERIOD. WHY SHOULD OUR COUNTY EMPLOYEES PROFIIT FROM THE CRIMMINALS PROPERTY DON’T THEY MAKE ENOUGH MONEY!!!!

  5. Real Deal says:

    DA is a crook, just has not been caught yet …………… after j.wiley price joins don hill, the city councilman, in jail, the rest of the black mafia will join them

    dallas will benefit from less racism and corruption

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