Proceeds from assets seized from drug busts at Bob Hope Airport — including 22 pounds of cocaine concealed in carry-on luggage — and other arrests will be tapped to pay for three new police vehicles at the airfield.
The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority approved the $88,000 purchase of three new Chevy Tahoes for police, without a dime coming from the airport’s budget.
Instead, the airport will tap a special U.S. Department of Justice fund that allows local police and prosecutors to get some of the take when their agencies are involved in stings resulting in the seizure of cash, vehicles or other equipment paid for with drug money.
Bob Hope Airport Police Chief Ed Skvarna and Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Sarah Pullen were tight-lipped about how often drugs or related assets are seized at the airport.
“If our officers come into contact with narcotics, we’ll do the investigation and make the arrest as necessary,” Skvarna said.