ALBURQUERQUE- The United States Marshall Service auctioned 22 seized vehicles on May 18 in Albuquerque.
The vehicles were seized by local and federal agencies and all proceeds help support law enforcement activities in the Albuquerque area.
Nearly 120 citizens registered for the auction, which raised $96,750. The highest auction bid was $14,300 fir a 2008 GMC seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Proceeds from the auction are used to fund law enforcement initiatives and compensate victims of crimes. Funds are often shard with state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigations leading to the seizure of the assets. All auction items were previously owned by individuals and companies found guilty of crimes and ordered by a court of law to forfeit the proceeds of the criminal activities.
.“This important program enhances law enforcement cooperation between state, local and federal agencies, as well as strips criminals of their ill-gotten gains,” said New Mexico’s U.S. Marshal, Conrad Candelaria.