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For Immediate Release

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November 22, 2013 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
U.S. Marshals Auction Raises $180,425 Dollars for Victims and Law Enforcement Efforts

Albuquerque, NM - On November 21, 2013 the United States Marshals Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico auctioned off 32 seized vehicles. The vehicles were seized by local and federal agencies and the proceeds will help support law enforcement activities in the Albuquerque area.

64 private citizens registered for the auction and a total of $180,425.00 dollars was raised. The highlights of the auction were a 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty that sold for $39,100 and a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab that sold for $26,100.00.

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 involved in criminal activity. A court of law has ordered these particular assets to be forfeited as ill-gotten gains.

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

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