Drug trafficker's seized Lamborghini up for public auction

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Updated: 4/03/2013 11:08 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A convicted drug trafficker used his profits to buy a Lamborghini and now it's up for auction. So if you've ever wanted an Italian sports car, now may be the time to get one for cheap.

The 2006 Lamborghini Gallardo was seized from James Monts.

"We were able to determine that some of the property that was seized may have been purchased with drug money and that included this Lamborghini," said Deputy District Attorney Mary Kandaras. 

Nevada law allows law enforcement to seize cash and put items up for auction, so seized property auctions are common. But Kandaras says this car is the most impressive item she has seen up for sale.  

"It's in very good shape," Kandaras said. "It only has 12 thousand miles."

The blue book value of a Lamborghini like this one, is about $145 thousand, but at the auction you could get behind the wheel of this car for less than half of that.

The highest bid right now on TNT Auction's website is $62 thousand.

"In most cases our cars only return a few thousand dollars, but that's a typical car," Kandaras said. 

This car definitely isn't typical. It will go from zero to 60 mph in just more than four seconds, so it could drive in some big money.

And to the victors go the spoils - the agencies that are responsible for the bust get the profits. 

"In this case it will go to Reno Police Department, the Sheriff's Office, the Nevada Highway Patrol and the District Attorney's office," Kandaras said. 

They seized more than $200 thousand in cash, and they'll get whatever this car brings in on April 13.

The auction is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at 601 Britain Drive, McCarran Nevada, about 15 miles east of Reno. 

Potential buyers can see the car in person by appointment on April 11 and 12 at that location between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

You can also see it online here.
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DaveAsh - 4/6/2013 2:58 PM
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I wonder WHO SPECIFICALLY made the "determination" and what law/statute authorized that individual to make such a determination.

AENewman - 4/6/2013 2:26 PM
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Well Roger, what due process are you not seeing? He was convicted of selling drugs and they determined that the proceeds of that illegal activity were used to buy this car. That sounds like due process to me.

roger - 4/3/2013 9:13 PM
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property can be forfeited/legally stolen without due process -
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