Alabama man Rick Joyner was in for quite a surprise after he started going through the Ford Taurus he bought off a government auction site featuring cars taken by the government during drug seizures. Rick was just minding his business looking for a working, cheap car for his foster son when he found the motherlode.
Cops in Nashville told Rick they went through it and whatever was in it was now his property. “It was full of junk and all kinds of stuff and they were like, ‘Whatever is in there, it’s yours.’ Cause I asked them if they ran a dog through it but they were like, ‘Nah, we got it all don’t worry about it,’” Joyner told WHNT in Huntsville, AL.
Rick got the Taurus home, started going through it and found a Walmart bag with a couple of taped up bundles. They were heavy. Yep, Rick bought himself a drug car that still had the drugs! The local sheriff is called out, weighs Rick’s haul and it turns out his auction car had $300,000 of heroin in the trunk.
If you’re thinking that’s a big miss by the police dog, there was an even bigger drug haul at auction in 2020 when a Texas man purchased a car loaded with 74 pounds of cocaine worth $850,000. Or what about the case in 2010 when a 22-year-old college student ended up in jail after he had a blowout on his auction car and the dashboard ruptured, spilling out 21 bags of heroin.
This isn’t even a problem exclusive to the U.S. In 2020, Thai police had to issue an apology after auctioning a Honda CR-V loaded with 94,000 meth pills stashed in the bumper.
What’s the lesson here? Go over that seized drug car like a maniac before taking it out on the road and finding yourself in a massive court case. Better yet, take it right to your local sheriff’s office and ask the K-9 officer to give it a quick examination. You’ve been warned.