Many law enforcement agencies regularly seize guns, vehicles and other items during various types of arrests, especially drug related arrests. Some anti-gun agencies make a big deal of destroying the seized guns but others like Centralia, Illinois, are planning on selling the seized firearms and vehicles to raise money for the police department.
The Centralia City Council on Tuesday night approved the surplus of 38 items that were seized and forfeited to the Centralia Police Department, including 12 firearms and six vehicles.
The items will be sold at the next available auction, according to the city council agenda report. The money made from the sale will be deposited into the general fund, or in the case of drug seizures deposited into the confiscations and seizures fund as required by state law.
Centralia Police Cmdr. Stacy Denham said almost all of the items came from drug seizures.
It is unknown how much money will be made from the surplussed items.