MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is taking a new approach on selling vehicles seized as a result of narcotics investigations.
For the first time in the county's history, the seized cars and trucks are available for purchase through an online auction.
"This is the first time we've done it [online] and we're experimenting to see if we make more money by selling them on [GovDeals.com], because it's a wider audience," explained Sheriff Robert Arnold.
Arnold told Nashville's News 2 in the past, when the RCSO was able to auction off items seized or confiscated from drug dealers they had to hold a physical auction operated by the narcotics division.
"They would have to come in and work the auction, which cost us overtime," said Arnold, "With this, we have one guy doing it and he can either fit it into his schedule for the week or if it is overtime, it's one guy instead of an entire division. So in a lot of ways, we save the county money, too."
Anyone except RCSO's employees and their families can bid on the items shown on the Web site.
"Regular auctions are 19th or 18 century," said Arnold, "We're trying to get into the 21st century."
Arnold added money from the sales goes right back into the narcotics division to pay for new equipment and help run their investigations.
For more information on bidding on any of the seized vehicles, visit govdeals.com search Rutherford County.
Arnold told Nashville's News 2 depending on how well this experiment goes, they may sell other items, like jewelry and electronics online, as well.