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State and Nation

April 17, 2013

Law enforcement agencies net $100K at gun auction

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say nearly 1,000 guns seized by law enforcement agencies in the Talladega area were auctioned this week to federally licensed gun dealers.

The Daily Home reports (http://bit.ly/10fQQmF ) that Tuesday's auction involved weapons which had been seized by Talladega police, the Talladega County Sheriff's Office and the Talladega County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

Talladega Police Chief Alan Watson said the sale netted a total of $98,700. The money which will be divided between the three agencies based on who had seized the weapons in question.

Auctioneer Johnny Vetra said 30 to 40 dealers from Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky came to look at the weapons, which ranged from a flint-lock pistol to .50 caliber Desert Eagle pistol that frequently retails for over $2,000.

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