The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics gives back with a donation of computer electronics and gaming systems to benefit children with developmental disabilities.
On Wednesday, OBN donated 15 "PSP Go's" gaming systems and two "I-pod Classics" to the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman. According to the OBN, the items were seized from a shop-lifting ring in 2009.
"In 2009, the OBN Highway Interdiction Unit stopped a vehicle on Interstate 40. During a search of the vehicle, Agents found several items that were identified as stolen from electronics store in Chicago, Illinois," said Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman. "Since insurance had already been paid to the store for the loss of the items, we were unable to return them to the store and the items became property of the State of Oklahoma."
Woodward said seized items are typically sold at auction and the proceeds go back to OBN for drug enforcement. But in this case, OBN wanted the game systems and I-pods to be donated to another state agency that could benefit from them.
"There is not anything I enjoy more than taking from the bad guys and give to the good guys," said OBN Director Darrell Weaver. "Today is wonderful occasion and I wish I had something every day to bring to these kids to brighten their day."
The J.D. McCarty Center specializes in the care and treatment of children with developmental disabilities. The Norman center provides medical care and physical, occupational, speech and language therapy for children on an inpatient and outpatient basis and serves children from birth to age 21.
"Many of the children we work with have never had a PSP or iPod and being able to make these available to our kids makes there time here more enjoyable and helps us to create new experiences for them," said Vicki Kuestersteffen, director and CEO of the McCarty Center. "I truly appreciate the bureau's thoughtfulness."
The center has grown from treating one diagnosis ¯ cerebral palsy ¯ to more than 100 different diagnoses in the developmental disability category.