The grand jury reported that Escambia Sheriff Ron McNesby was authorized to purchase the helicopter and dispose of the surplus vehicles.
The Bell OH-58 helicopter was purchased in 2001 from Calhoun County for $75,000 and 13 surplus vehicles.
This year an appraisal found the chopper was worth more than $187,000.
The Grand Jury called it a win-win situation for both counties. It was the third time this year that McNesby was investigated and cleared by a grand jury.
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