(SIDNEY) The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is waiting for a report from the State Auditor regarding an “investigation” into the trade of seized weapons.
Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope told KSOM/KS95 news that this all started when they were contacted by a company in Iowa that said they would trade their surplus guns for items that the Sheriff’s Office needed. Aistrope said the Chief Deputy checked five of the company’s references, which included Sheriff’s Offices around the State, and they stated that they had done business with the company.
Aistrope said that’s when they took several steps, including getting a court order from a judge giving them possession of the guns and speaking with the County Attorney to let her know what was going on. They then tried to do business with this company, but it was going to cost too much money.
“So then we found a local dealer that said, ‘I’ll do this, I won’t charge you anything to do this’, so he took the guns and we traded them to him for upgrading our rifles that we have,” explained Aistrope.
Sheriff Aistrope said this is when a guy that ran against him in the November election decided to step in because he thought the Sheriff’s Office was doing something illegal.
“Him (David Dreyer) and a previous Sheriff (Steve McDonald); my previous sheriff worked for this Dave Dreyer… so one of them went to the State Auditor when the State Auditor came down and they complained to them that we did something illegal,” said Aistrope.
Aistrope said they are still waiting for the report from the State Auditor, but he said with talking to the State Auditor’s Office he has learned that he should have handled things a certain way and he said he now knows not to do it that way again. He said the County Attorney spoke to the Department of Public Safety, where the weapons should have gone, and they said that they didn’t want any of the proceeds
“The bottom line, this saved my county $6,000. We got our rifles updated into a useful situation for anything that happens; you know if our schools are attacked or whatever. That was what I looked at, I looked at how can I get my guns upgraded and save my taxpayers money,” said Aistrope. “This came out, we investigated it, five other counties in the state of Iowa have done the exact same thing and that’s what I did, and I know now not to do it that way.”