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For Immediate Release

May 18, 2011

DUSM Ben Segotta,

District of New Mexico

(505) 462-2330 (desk)

U.S. Marshal Auction Raises $96,750 Dollars for Victims and Law Enforcement Efforts

Albuquerque, NM- On May 18, 2011 the United States Marshals Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico auctioned off over 22 seized vehicles. The vehicles were seized by local and federal agencies and the proceeds will help support law enforcement activities in the Albuquerque area.


Over 119 private citizens registered for the auction and a total of $96,750.00 dollars was raised. This Calendar Year the United States Marshals Service in New Mexico has raised a total of 211,575.00 dollars. The highlight of the auction on May 18, 2011 was a 2008 GMC seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency that sold for 14,300.00 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.