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GUADALUPE, Ariz. -

You often about drug smugglers and crime rings getting busted in our state, but after the bad guys go to jail, what happens to their stuff?

The feds seize them, and Saturday they got rid of them---auction style.

From muscle cars to modern day beauties, the US Marshals Service seizes thousands of vehicles each year.

Saturday over 30 vehicles from crime organizations in California and Arizona were auctioned off in Guadalupe.

Scott Brobst doesn't normally buy at auctions but Saturday he came looking for a bargain.

"I just bought a 2004 BMW," said Brobst.

The 7 series, with 118,000 miles, sold for about $6,000. According to Kelly Blue Book, it would sell for between $10,000 and $20,000 at a dealership.

"They said there was flood damage on the Carfax, which it looks clean enough to the point that I think that was years ago. So, hopefully it does run well," said Brobst.

A lot of the vehicles aren't exactly what you'd expect to find criminals using, like a 1927 Ford and a 1968 Chevy Camaro.

"Keep in mind, it's not only being used in the commission of crime, but also purchased with money obtained in illegal activity," said David Gonzalez, WITH THE US MARSHAL SERVICE IN ARIZONA.

Gonzalez says the auction will produce $350,000 to $400,000 for the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Account.

He says that money goes to victims of crime and saves taxpayer dollars.

"Also to fund federal investigations for the FBI, Marshals Service, DEA and ATF and also to fund state and local investigators organized crime investigations," said Gonzalez.

Brobst says it doesn't matter who once owned the car, it's his to enjoy now.

The US Marshals Service holds auctions several times a year, sometimes even selling jewelry and real property.

For more information: http://www.usmarshals.gov/assets/sales.htm

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