Boxes and clutter are associated with moving days. At the Deep East Texas Narcotics Task Force it means closure. And the end of a 15 year career for evidence officer Jack Carter. Carter reminisced, "I've picked up certain objects and thought about times we took it in. The good times and the bad times. But mostly it's been the good the guys have done out there when they've done this. How many of these weapons could have been used in offenses?"
Soon the guns will be melted down. About 1200 open cases are being dispersed to member agencies. Old case documents will be shredded. About 40 vehicles will be auctioned. Just as many are stored for evidence. And that's just the beginning. Sheriff Thomas Kerss said, "There's some assorted tools, electronics items, office supplies, things of that nature that will be offered."
After meeting sale expenses and an okay from the governor, auction proceeds will be dispersed evenly to member agencies. Items like protected vests and other protective gear will not be placed in the sale. They'll be going into a restricted sale for only law enforcement agencies. The bargains are there, but at the expense of dedicated law enforcement and the people they protect.