COCKE COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sheriff Armando Fontes says he's fed up with dope pushers in Cocke County. So instead of just arresting them, he's taking their property. "They are very unhappy with what we're doing, but we're unhappy with they're doing in our community," he said.
Fontes grabbed a sleek Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a drug raid, an inmate work truck previously used to shuttle pain killers from Florida pill mills. Other vehicles await a judge's order to be auctioned off or turned into patrol cars.
"I support the sheriff a hundred percent. I think he's doing a great job," said Clifford Sane.
"He's doing a wonderful job and he needs to keep seizing all of them," Lynda Parks said. It's personal for her. Parks' daughter is ravaged by the illicit drug world. "We've had more deaths in this county over drugs than anything. The more drug dealers he busts, the better this world is going to be," she said.
The sheriff is not just seizing cars. Fontes confiscated more than a hundred guns, electronics, tools, even a bow and arrow, and, of course, lots of cash. All of it taken from suspected drug dealers.
"Here in Cocke County it's a new era. We care about our family. If you're going to sell dope in this community and you're going to victimize and ruin the lives of young people, we're going to do everything we can to take away you're property, prosecute you and make your life miserable."