A new feature on the Shelby County Sheriff's Office website lists items to be sold in auctions of seized property. Items range from major purchases (such as the plane) to everyday goods (i.e. computers).
Often, property is seized when a loan is defaulted. For example, a creditor could get a court order for deputies to seize a person's real estate or other valuable goods. Most of the money from those sales goes back to the creditor, although the sheriff's office receives a small fee for conducting the auction.
Other items are seized by the Shelby County Narcotics Bureau. Officers may confiscate a vehicle used in drug sales or a computer used to store information about stolen goods. Proceeds from those sales are used to purchase new equipment for the narcotics bureau. For more, go to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office website.