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Inmate transport upgrade in Marshall County

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This vehicle will be used to transport inmates by Marshall County deputies. (KTEN) This vehicle will be used to transport inmates by Marshall County deputies. (KTEN)

MADILL, Okla. -- Marshall County deputies now have a more reliable set of wheels for moving inmates.

It is a welcome change.

"Monday, for example, we had to go to Missouri to pick up one inmate and we'll have to make a return trip there in a couple weeks," said Sheriff Danny Cryer. "Tomorrow we're going to Tennessee, and this is a common occurrence for the sheriff's office."

The department's old transport vehicle was seized from a drug dealer and had more than 400,000 miles on the odometer.

Sheriff Danny Cryer said purchasing a new Ford Fusion sedan will take care of several costly problems associated with the previous model.

"One of those problems is: How do you transport your inmate or finish the transport with the inmate? Two is: How do you get your transport vehicle back to your home area to have repairs done?" Cryer said. "With that vehicle not having any type of warranty, you couldn't just stop off in any mechanic shop."

The sheriff hopes a security cage can be installed in the new vehicle in the next week, giving deputies a more fuel efficient and reliable car.

"People work hard to make their money, and we feel fortunate that we get a portion of that to operate off of," Cryer said. "We certainly want to be responsible with those funds."

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