THOMASVILLE -- Pointing out the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division's recent hectic pace, the sheriff told Thomas County commissioners the agency's computers have crashed.

"The drug squad is very active, and the computers over there have crashed," Sheriff Carlton Powell told commissioners during a Thursday morning board meeting.

The supervisor's crashed, and another is on the verge, Powell told the board.

Kevin Lee, supervisor, told commissioners the agency's computers are old ones inherited from Probate Court.

Some $3,200 in the agency's 2005 budget is earmarked for computers.

"We think we have enough money in the budget," Powell said.

One of the three narcotics agents is a Thomasville Police Department officer. Lee said city government will purchase that agent's computer.

Commissioners voted to allow the purchase of two computers for the division.

Commissioners also approved a budgeted expenditure of $5,233.46 for the purchase of crime scene equipment for the sheriff's department ID section.

The equipment, a light, will enlarge fingerprints not visible to the naked eye, said Lt. Glenn Hutchinson, head of the ID section.

"It's something we would use every day," Hutchinson told commissioners.

When it became available several years ago, the equipment weighed 30 pounds and cost $20,000, Hutchinson explained. Today, it is the size of a flashlight, he added.

Commissioners also approved the following budgeted sheriff's department purchases:

- Four patrol units at $22,192 each.

- 2005 Ford Expedition and 2005 pickup for the vice division at a total of $43,754.

- Vice pursuit vehicle at $22,386.

The purchases are part of the sheriff's department vehicle rotation process. Those being replaced have high mileage.

Old vehicles will be declared surplus and sold.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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