U.S. Marshals Set To Auction Off Muscle Cars Seized In Pill Mill Raid
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – If you’re a fan of muscle cars, sports cars, motorcycles or jet skis, then the U.S. Marshals Service may have a deal for you on Thursday and it’s all thanks to a pill mill bust in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
The Marshals Service is set to sell more than 50 high-value muscle and sports cars along with motorcycles and other high-end items starting Thursday at Apple Auctioneering in Opa-Locka. The cars include a 1970’s era Ford Mustang and a silver Dodge Viper to name a few.
“We have the Ferrari’s, we have the (Acura) NSX, we have the McLaren SLR we’re selling. It’s over a $200,000 vehicle,” said auctioneer Kevin Scully.
The cars were seized during a pill mill operation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration in February 2011. It prompted the closure of several pain clinics, seizure of millions in cash and nearly two dozen arrests.
“I don’t know who this guy was, but he had a pretty impressive collection; it’s like walking into a car museum,’ said shopper Steve Berk.
At the time, federal agents said one of the pill mills dispensed a total of 660,000 oxycodone pills ina two-year period.
Federal agents at the time reported seizing cars including a Lamborghini, McLaren, and a Rolls-Royce, among others.
The live auction on Thursday will start at 10 a.m. in Opa-Locka.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund which is used to compensate victims, supplement law enforcement programs, and support community programs.
“The U.S. Marshals have taken a bad guy off of the streets, all the asset funds will go back tot he U.S. Marshals,” said Scully.
“If it’s funding a government agency that wee need, it could be beneficial for the community,” said Berk. “I might bid on something. We’ll see what the deal go for tomorrow, never know in an auction like this.”