As plans for the Drug Task Force’s auction of items seized during drug busts in an eight-county region come together, administrations at the Union County Correctional Facility announced Wednesday their intention to host a similar auction of items confiscated during jail bunk and inmate cavity searches.
Though the timing is suspect, jail representatives assured in a release that the jail auction is not being held in conjunction nor in competition with the DTF’s auction, but rather as a supplement on an upcoming date not yet set.
“Unlike the firearms and vehicles up for bid at the DTF auction, the jail auction will cater to those with more unusual tastes,” stated the release. “Jewelry, cell phones, yarn, paper clips, shivs, pencils, flare guns and knives concealed in hollowed out books.”
The number of items confiscated during any day’s sweep have long been relocated to a dusty bin in a supply closet where even the more valuable items have begun to lose their value, according to the release.
Auction officials believe the booty will catch upward of several hundred thousand dollars in profits to benefit much-needed jail improvements when the doors open for the inaugural event.