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While police are working to keep the streets of Geary County safe, they face a new problem – not enough space for the seized vehicles.
Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf says with more arrests, comes more baggage.
As the Sheriff’s Office and the Junction City Police Department crack down on drugs in the area, they’re running out of space in their warehouse for the seized vehicles.
“In a sense this would be a good problem to have with all these vehicles and stuff but it is tough to try to find enough room,” Wolf says.
With around 60 vehicles in the warehouse, Wolf says it’s nearly bursting at the seams.
“This problem really cropped up back in May when we did large operation here called Adabag,” Wolf says.
The legalization of marijuana in Colorado adds more offenders.
“A lot of individuals that go to Colorado, they get the medical marijuana, they visit dispensaries out there and then they try to take it home and they don’t realize that once they cross the state line, it’s now illegal again,” says Wolf.
Chair Geary County Commission Ben Bennett wants a solution fast before they have to start storing vehicles outside.
“I don’t see this letting up and some of these vehicles we have for quite some time before all the court action is exhausted, before we can go any other way so we have to be concerned about that, too,” Bennett says.
Wolf says he isn’t sure of a new location to house the vehicles, but he is looking for space in the county.
He hopes to use drug seizure funds to buy additional warehouse so that he doesn’t have to use any taxpayer money.