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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office seized property auction brings in $280K

9:15 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Photo Gallery: JSO seized and forfeited bling
  • Vadim Gavrilof won the bidding for his first Lamborghini at $87,100.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office brought in a record amount of money at an auction of seized property Thursday morning.

The auction featured 30 vehicles seized by the Sheriff's Office, including a 2004 Lamborghini, and 26 pieces of jewelry. The minimum bid for the Lamborghini was set at $70,000.

A record crowd on hand for this one, in part due to the Lamborghini seized in a pill mill arrest.

College student Ciara Mathis was very happy after getting herself a car for $3,000.

"This is my first time ever being here, so I took advantage of the opportunity and I got lucky! I've got a car now to go to school at Florida State College."

Maurice Smith landed a Buick Lesabre and a great deal. "The price was excellent, ha ha , it was an excellent price, it was $1,600, an excellent price."

"Sold right here .. $25,500," boomed Dean Lauramore, a retired sheriff's office employee and auctioneer.

A jacked up Ford F-150 brought in some big change. Restaurant owner Adam Alaydi got a truck to use in his business, urged by a friend to come down and check out the auction's inventory.

"It is different, I can go buy a new one but it is not going to be jacked up like that one, plus I am helping the Sheriff's Office, why not," Alaydi said.

"I am going to sell it for $87,100," said Lauramore near the end of the bidding process for the Lamborghini.

Vadim Gavrilof won the bidding for his first Lamborghini at $87,100. He had his eyes set on the vehicle.

"I have been looking for this exact one for a long time, I wanted a six speed, exactly like I wanted, so I got it." Gavrilof, a partner in a car dealership, said he also drives a Bentley and a Mercedes.  "The price was OK. I hope nothing is wrong with it."

The auction netted over $280,000 for the Sheriff's Office. That is about three times the largest amount one of these auctions has made for JSO. 

The money is used for the Sheriff's Office special law enforcement  trust fund for special projects and one-time purchases. It is also used to maintain the seized vehicles until they can be sold at auction.

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