The auction for the collection of shoes owned by a convicted drug dealer ends Friday, with bids nearing $2,000 for the county so far.
The 67 pairs of shoes were confiscated from the home of Kenya Davis, who was found guilty of first-degree felony possession of cocaine in August and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
The shoes were seized and ordered forfeited as profits of illegal activity and are being auctioned through the Licking County government's online auction site at www.govdeals.com.
The shoes, which range in size from 10 to 12, are a variety of colors and brands.
Some of the shoes are from Nike, Adidas, New Balance, K-Swiss and other brands.
The collection is divided into seven different lots for bidding, with six of the lots containing 10 pairs of shoes each and one lot containing seven pairs of shoes.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the total bids for all seven groupings was more than $1,700 and more than 380 bids had been placed.
The highest bids are for a lot containing 10 pairs of Nike and Adidas size 11.5 shoes. The bidding had opened at $25 and was at $451 as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
Bidding is open until Friday evening.
The money gathered from the sale of the shoes will go to Licking County. The county auctions property seized or forfeited as a result of criminal convictions, as well as surplus equipment from various county departments, on a monthly basis. Auctions open on the first of every month and run until the 15th of each month.
Also included in September's auction are a 2006 Nissan Maxima, with a high bid of $1,865 as of 5 p.m. Thursday, and a diamond ring with a high bid of $406 as of 5 p.m. Thursday.
Other items available to bid on include kennel equipment and cat bowls.
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