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The two helicopters the WPD has were free, picked up from 20 years of use in Central America used fighting drugs. The operating cost is split between 4 other agencies. Causey was offered to participate and refused saying, "It was a waste of money" The sheriff then bought his own helicopter for $680,000 with a government grant for $267,000 and drug money he was expecting in the future. The rules for use of the "drug money" states that the money is to be used to eradicate drugs, not find lost drunk women in their backyard. Money is not allowed to be spent PRIOR to the money actually being seized. Causey is actually on record stating that he would be able to pay for the helicopter from future money coming in, not money already in hand. He could actually be brought up on misappropriation of funds charges and share a cell with Ron Hewett. Lt. Scott Gerow, the pilot, has a home building company he operates as well as his "on-call" position with the Sheriff. He is paid a little more than $50,000 per year. The helicopter cost $174.16 per hour to operate, not including the cost of the pilot.
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