US Marshals Service auctioning seized vehicles Saturday morning


by Catherine Holland

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 9:43 AM

PHOENIX -- The United States Marshals Service, District of Arizona, will be holding an auction of numerous vehicles forfeited to the U.S. government. The auction will be held at Apple Towing at the address listed below on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 9 a.m.

3TV's Tess Rafols went to Apple Towing in Guadalupe to check out some of the vehicles that are available.

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program is a law-enforcement success story and the United States Marshals Service plays a vital role in that process nationwide by managing and disposing of $2.4 billion worth of more than 23,000 assets such as vehicles, aircraft, and real property that have been seized and forfeited by federal law enforcement agencies and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Apple Towing is open for people to preview the vehicles until 5 p.m. Friday, and then again Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 a.m. The auction starts promptly at 9 a.m.

Lu Himmelstein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, said the auction goes very quickly, lasting only about an hour.

If you plant to take part in the auction, make sure to have a valid photo ID with you. Cash and cashier's check are the best method of payment.

Some of the proceeds from the sales will go to compensate victims of crimes. The money also will supplement funding for federal law-enforcement initiatives, especially those designed to combat criminal activity like organized crime and terrorism.

Vehicles are sold as-is.

Apple Towing
5720 East Mineral Road
Guadalupe, AZ 85283

Photographs of all vehicles included in the auction, as well as pre-registration and payment requirements, are available online.