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ND tribe sells Camaro from drug case at auction

This dark blue 2012 Chevrolet Camaro is set for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's auction of abandoned property and asset forfeitures to be held Friday in Fort Yates.

FORT YATES, N.D.—An eye-catching Camaro forfeited from a drug trafficking case accounted for more than half the proceeds generated from a Standing Rock Tribal Court auction on Friday.

The dark blue 2012 Chevrolet Camaro with 44,000 miles fetched $13,500 at the auction in Fort Yates, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chief Prosecutor John Wilson.

"I was hoping for that high a price — of course, I was hoping for $15,000 or better — but $13,500 is just fine by us," he said.

Bidding began at around $1,000 among five bidders. Two people bid on the Camaro by phone, said Wilson, who described the turnout as "excellent."

The auction netted about $20,000, but awaits a final accounting, Wilson said. Proceeds are divided between Standing Rock Tribal Court and the tribe's Drug Enforcement Team.

"People were bidding fast and furious," Wilson said.

Bismarck resident Wilbert Goldade attended the auction with a friend and said about 50 people were there. He said there was significant interest in the Camaro's engine, which turned out to be a V6.

Goldade said he didn't bid on anything, but watched others compete for the Camaro.

"I thought it was overpriced," he said, laughing.

Preston Droog, of Droog's Auction, which has partnered with the tribe for about two years, said the Camaro's winning bid was "a fair price." Most go for anything from $13,000 to $17,000, he said.

He and Wilson said they received numerous inquiries about the Camaro — one caller from as far away as Dickinson.

"We had a good sale, lot of people, nice turnout," he said.