TULSA, Okla. - Dozens of high-performance vehicles seized by federal authorities after one of the largest pot busts in Tulsa history went on the auction block Monday morning.
The inventory, which includes drag, drift and track cars, were seized after the arrest of 35-year-old Tulsa County resident Kong Meng Vang in March 2018. Vang pleaded guilty in August 2018 to drug conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and money laundering.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa, Vang admitted to transporting 1,500 pounds of marijuana from California to sell in the Tulsa area. The marijuana was valued at $5 million.
As part of the plea agreement, Vang agreed to forfeit 21 vehicles along with seven residences, firearms and ammunition.
"Together, we hope all of that money will be a significant amount, hopefully in the six figures, to give back to law enforcement," U.S. Attorney Trent Shores told News 4 Monday. "The message is clear, that drug dealers don’t get to keep the luxury items that they purchased with their illegal drug proceeds. The business of a drug dealer is to profit off the addictions of others."
Shores said the investigation included multiple agencies including, but not limited to the Tulsa Police Department, DEA, and IRS.
The U.S. Marshals Service, along with Apple Towing, are selling the cars at an online auction starting at 10 a.m. CST Monday. It will close at 10 a.m. CST April 1.
Attorney Pamela Snider said auctions like these are not unheard of, especially in cases like this.
"It happens in state court. Many times, it happens in municipal courts," Snider said. "Many times, that property was purchased with what I would call ‘not clean’ money, not ‘hard earned cash from your job’ money. It is very common for those assets to be forfeited back to the government that’s pursuing the charges."
To view auction details and all vehicles, go to the U.S. Marshals Service’s authorized auctioneer Apple Towing’s website here. Each car will have a link labeled “specification sheet,” which will provide a detailed list of equipment on each car.
Interested buyers can preview the cars in person from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. CST on March 29 at Race Communications: 805 Jet Drive, Midwest City, Oklahoma.
News 4 reached out to an attorney for Vang for a comment on Monday. We have not heard back.