“It’s actually going for a good cause,” auction benefits drug task force

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YORK, Pa. -- There are countless sales on Memorial, but in York people could get a used car at a discounted rate.

"It's a little bit of an adrenaline rush," car dealer Duane Friends said.

He's talking about auctions. About 55 cars were auctioned off by the York County District Attorney's Office at the Schaad Detective Agency in York.

"We have a van. We have a nice looking Mustang except I can't bid," said York County DA Tom Kearney.

He looks forward to the semi-annual event. All the money raised goes to fund the county's drug task force. They are specially trained officers to help fight illegal drug activity throughout the county.

"It's enough to fund the drug task force so we don't have to ask the county a dime," he said.

The cars are forfeited over to the courts from drug dealers.

"It's ironic that the tools of the drug trade and the benefits of the drug trade go to fight those who are in the drug trade," Kearney said.

Tyler Flinchbaugh from New Bridgeville bought himself a Jeep Cherokee for his first car with the help of his dad. Flinchbaugh hopes to pass his driver's test later this week. He already has plans for his new purchase.

"Lift it six inches, get some big tires, and go mudding," he said.

Friends bought a couple cars and hopes to turn them both for profit.

"We hope so, you never know. It's a gamble," he said.

D.A. Kearney said the cars are clean of drugs. All the cars are sold in "as in" condition, so Friends said there would need to be some care down before reselling them.

Hundreds of people came out for the event. One of the the highest bids was $16.5k for a truck and $15k for a motorcycle.

The next day this year for the auction will be "Black Friday."

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