Authorities Sell Seized Goods in Bryan Co.

6-17-06 – After federal budget cuts tightened the purse strings of the District Attorney’s Task Force, agencies in Bryan County are holding a surplus sale in an attempt to make up for the funding deficit.

Every year, some Bryan County agencies auction off seized property to raise funds. This year, District Attorney Emily Redman’s Drug Task Force is hoping an auction will help make up for a major federal-level cut back.

Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office, Durant Police Department, and Drug Task Force sold vehicles, tools, and dozens of high-powered weapons at the Law Enforcement Center in Durant. Many of the items were seized in drug raids and arrests.

A licensed hand-gun dealer was on hand to check permits for weapons sales.

More than 130 people attended the auction. Authorities hoped to raise more than $10,000 for local departments. Most of the money would be used for drug enforcement projects.

The D.A.’s Drug Task Force investigates illegal narcotics sales and manufacturing. Agents also assist local agencies in Bryan, Coal, and Atoka counties.