Sheriff Uses Hearse to Fight Meth

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - The Walker County sheriff is deploying a new vehicle in his fight against meth - a hearse.

The Daily Mountain Eagle in Jasper reports that the hearse is decorated with graphics depicting the drug's dangerous consequences. Sheriff John Mark Tirey tells the newspaper it's already turning heads.

Tirey says the car has been an icebreaker to get law enforcement officers and citizens talking about drugs.

Tirey admits that his method is kind of morbid but said meth causes a lot of death in the county and he wants people to make that connection.

Tirey said Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team member Chuck
Tidwell proposed the idea after having seen other sheriff's offices around the country do similar things.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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