Selling drugs earns you a slap in the face.
When you think of a cop car in America, you usually think of the Ford Interceptor, but local law enforcement has used other, much cooler vehicles too. We've seen Texas cops use undercover Camaros and the NYPD now has a Tesla in its fleet. So unusual police cars do come around every so often, but you'd never expect a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to be among them. Yet that is what Marion County Sheriff's department has at its disposal, and what makes this story all the more interesting is that the Hellcat in question was once owned by a drug dealer.
The drug dealer who owned this machine was a merchant of heroin, one of the most addictive and destructive drugs around. When the cops finally caught up with him, they learned of the car's involvement in his enterprise and immediately impounded it. The department has since fitted more lights than usual (but no roof lights because of the sunroof) and a siren, but aside from a walkie-talkie in the door, a controller for the lights and loudspeaker in the center console, and a bulletproof vest on the back seat, the interior is standard. The sergeant behind the wheel says that the black key (which restricts power to 500 horsepower) is the one used most of the time, with only a select few people knowing where the red key that unlocks the full 707 hp is kept.
On the outside, we see that the car features the necessary identifying decals, as well as one gloriously unnecessary sticker that reads "Seized from a drug dealer." The car is occasionally used as a patrol vehicle and takes it for community outreach, thus publicly reiterating the department's commitment to combatting the drug scourge. We would love to one day see this become a full-on police car, but then again, in a car that makes you beg for traction when you mash your right foot to the floor, maybe it's a good thing that a Ford SUV is the default choice for catching bad guys.