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For Immediate Release

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February 15, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
U.S. Marshal Auction Raises $114,825 for Victims and Law Enforcement Efforts

Albuquerque, NM - On February 15, 2011 the United States Marshals Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico auctioned off over 20 seized vehicles. The vehicles were seized by local and federal agencies and the proceeds will help support law enforcement activities in the Albuquerque area.

1965 Factory Five MK3 CobraOver 200 private citizens registered for the auction and a total of $114,825.00 was raised. The highlight of the auction was a 1965 Factory Five MK3 Cobra seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that sold for 28,000.00 dollars.

Proceeds from U.S. Marshals’ auctions are used to compensate victims of crime and fund law enforcement initiatives. In addition, the funds are often shared with state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigations leading to the forfeiture of the assets. “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. The items auctioned once belonged to individuals and companies found guilty of crimes and ordered by a court of law to forfeit the proceeds of their criminal activities.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov

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