Sheriffs auction aids drug arrests

Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

October 26, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Two years ago, hundreds of people filled the Scioto County Sheriff’s parking lot looking for bargains on everything from computers to TVs to home appliances to all types of vehicles. The success of that sheriff’s auction has prompted the scheduling of another such event.

Sheriff Marty V. Donini said Monday that on Saturday Oct. 27, 2012 at 10 a.m., the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Portsmouth Police Department and Scioto County Prosecutors Office will be having an auction of seized property, forfeited property and abandoned property ordered sold by the courts. That sale will be held at the Sheriff’s office located at 1025 16th Street in Portsmouth.

“The proceeds go back into our law enforcement account, our local assets and seizures account,” Donini said. “Then we use that for additional investigations concerning drug activity.”

Captain David Hall said the event has been so popular, they are moving it to a day when more people can turn out.

“We had a pretty good size crowd before,” Hall said. “We expect it to be a good turnout especially on a Saturday morning which will be a good opportunity for more people to come out.”

Hall said items can be viewed one hour before the start of the auction, and terms and conditions are - cash or good checks with positive identification. Announcements made the day of the auction take precedence over all other advertising, and all items are sold “as is.”

Hall said a physical list of the property can be seen online at the Allen’s Auctions website. He said there will be vehicles, four-wheelers, a box truck, flat screen TVs, electronics, tools, a washer and dryer, bicycles and new items still in the box.

Frank lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at fldewis@heartlandpublications.com.