RUTLAND — A sale of forfeited and surplus vehicles collected more than $35,000 recently in Meigs County.
An auction held at the Rutland Township Offices sold over three dozen forfeited and surplus vehicles. Some of the vehicles included in the sale were declared surplus by the Meigs County Commissioners, with the majority of the vehicles seized in the late 1990s as a result of the criminal case involving the late Fred Priddy.
The seized vehicles had been stored by Rutland Township. Cost of the sale and the court costs will be paid from the money collected.
“When I took office, I felt that seizing property from persons engaged in crime is an important tool for law enforcement,” said Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams. “It is just as important to see that these assets are sold with the proceeds being used to help the taxpayers of Meigs County offset the cost of prosecution.”
“Even though this process took a great deal of time and resources, Meigs County will realize a profit from those who chose to violate the law. I will continue to make sure that people who commit crime are not only criminally prosecuted, but will make every effort to see that, when possible, criminal’s assets will be seized and used to benefit the people of Meigs County.”