The U.S. Marshals Service says it has raised more than $180,000 to benefit victims of crime and law enforcement efforts in New Mexico.
The federal agency held an auction this week in Albuquerque to get rid of 32 vehicles that had been seized by local and federal agencies.
The highlights of Thursday's auction included a 2008 Ford F-250 Super Duty that sold for $39,100 and 2006 Dodge truck that sold for $26,100.00
Officials say proceeds from auctions are often shared with state and local law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigations that led to the forfeiture of the assets.
New Mexico's U.S. Marshal, Conrad Candelaria, says aside from encouraging cooperation between law enforcement agencies, the program strips criminals of their ill-gotten gains.
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