By Josh Newton
TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee County sheriff’s officials are looking to sell some of the items seized from drug dealers over the past two years and invest the funds back into public safety.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said the department will hold a property auction at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cherokee County Community Building.
“There’s a lot of property we have seized from drug dealers during investigations, and some of the property is stuff that we believe was stolen from somebody, but we can’t find the rightful owner,” said Chennault.
Once an investigation is closed and property is no longer needed as evidence, the items can be sold, with permission from the court, if the rightful owners have not stepped up to retrieve the property.
“The money made from this auction goes back into public safety for the community, including equipment and training,” said Chennault.
Chennault said about the only thing the money cannot be spent on is firearms.
Hopping Auction Service out of Coweta will conduct the auction. More than 75 firearms will be up for grabs to the highest bidder, including pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Other items up for sale include a ‘90s-model red Corvette; flatbed trailers; a Polaris four-wheeler; saddles and sporting goods; tools and equipment; lawn and garden items; speakers, amplifiers and other music equipment; and electronics including computers and laptops, cameras, phones and more.
Josh Newton writes for the Tahlequah Daily Press.