POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:51am
CAMERON COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Around 17 tons heavy, 12 foot tall, and 22 foot long this is the Sheriff's Department newest asset to protect the community. The vehicle was used in Afghanistan and the sheriff says he was able to obtain the vehicle valued at $400,000 dollars for a very small cost because it’s military surplus.
The only thing they had to pay for was his deputies travel expenses to pick it up in Mississippi and bring it back to the Valley.
The sheriff says this will be used along the border to protect us from cartel violence and other situations.
"Especially around here, where we are only 10 minutes from the border, so for us to have this kind of equipment means a lot, it means safety for our officers, safety for the people, and we will be using it riding up and down the border."said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio
The vehicle was also be used to help people during hurricanes and in standoffs.
"When someone is barricaded or someone is threatening someone you show up with a big truck like that I guarantee that’s enough to say this is the end of it because there is nothing they can do."said Lucio.
The sheriff says they will have 3 to 4 people trained to operate the vehicle. He adds with only 12,000 miles on it, he is hoping this will stay in the department a long time.