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A dark blue 2012 Chevrolet Camaro with 44,000 miles is expected to be the crown jewel of an auction of forfeited vehicles and firearms in early October in Fort Yates. 

John Wilson, chief prosecutor for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, said bidding may start from $10,000 to $12,000 for the vehicle seized from a traffic stop at the Grand River Casino in Mobridge in 2016.

Two people were found with large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine and related items in the vehicle, said Wilson, who brought asset forfeiture proceedings after a defendant "absconded" on a $5,000 bond and hasn't returned. 

Other vehicles set for the auction include a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder, 1999 Buick Regal and about 20 firearms, including two Hi-Point pistols, a .22-caliber target pistol and a Ruger handgun. 

Wilson said he has at least one auction of forfeited property every year. Proceeds from auction sales are split between the Standing Rock Tribal Court and the tribe's Drug Enforcement Team. 

Anyone may attend the auction.

"Just bring money," Wilson said. 

He described the Camaro to an audience at the Tribal Leaders Summit Wednesday in Bismarck, which generated oohs and ahs during his presentation on asset forfeiture.

Sherry Messmer expressed interest in the vehicle, though she said she may not be able to attend the auction if it's during the week. 

"Maybe I can call in sick," she said, laughing. 

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-250-8225 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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