An Idaho man has submitted the high bid for an airplane seized by Millard County sheriff's deputies in a drug case last year.
Bids were opened at the County Commission meeting last week in Fillmore. The 13 bids on the 1966 Cessna 206 single-engine airplane came from Wyoming, Idaho and Utah. Lowest was $12,151.50. Highest was $35,000, submitted by Jerry Booth of Meridian, Idaho.Sheriff Ed Phillips said the plane would retail for $42,000 and sell wholesale for $33,000 to $37,000.
Phillips said his office spent $6,000 to $7,000 to get the plane into salable condition. The engine has about 260 hours on it, he said.
Federal policy allows local jurisdictions, such as county sheriff's departments, to sell property seized in drug-related crimes. The proceeds go to local law enforcement programs.
The Cessna was seized in the west desert in November 1989. The pilot was arrested on multiple federal charges, including smuggling narcotics. He pleaded guilty to some of them and was sentenced. The plane was forfeited to the county.