MIAMI (WSVN) - If you’ve ever wondered what happens to high-end luxury vehicles seized by U.S. Marshals, then here is your answer: They get auctioned in Miami.
The online auction ends at 11 a.m., Thursday. Just to be able to take part in the auction, bidders must submit a deposit of $25,000.
“We have, right now, currently 38 registered bidders who have all paid a $25,000 pre-bid deposit just to be able to bid on the cars,” said live auctioneer Kevin Skully.
Up for auction are a total of 10 luxury vehicles. One of these vehicles is a white Bentley that was seized from a case out of New Jersey. The other nine vehicles up for auction once belonged to Miami drug lord Alvaro Lopez Tardon, who went from riches to a jail cell where he is currently serving life in prison.
Tardon was convicted of conspiracy and 13 counts of money laundering, totaling 150 years behind bars.
“I hope the message that we send out today from the U.S. Marshal Service is that, at the end of the day, crime doesn’t pay,” said U.S. Marshal Amos Rojas. “They might have been driving that a year ago, but today they’re sitting in jail being told when to go eat, when to go sleep, and looking out the window to see bars, instead of looking out of the Ferrari’s windows.”
The cars include a 2003 Ferrari Enzo, one of only 400 made in the world, that is currently up for grabs for $1.9 million. Also up for auction are a Bugatti, a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and other European luxury vehicles such as Range Rovers and a Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.
For information on the auction, visit www.appleauctioneeringco.com.
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