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Unclaimed evidence, other state property up for auction

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Unclaimed evidence is among the things you'll find in a huge warehouse in Salem called State Surplus Property. Law enforcement and other state agencies send their stuff there to be sold.

"A good majority of the evidentiary property goes online and is sold in an auction format," said Darren Kennedy, a public service representative for the warehouse.

Kennedy said there are about 3,000 items up for grabs at any given time - from places like the Portland Police Department, state agencies and schools.

"People are getting a very good deal on this stuff," Kennedy said.

Deals are offered on things like business necessities, including printer paper to recreational equipment like a rock climbing wall that's wrapped and ready to ship.

About 10 years ago, the state surplus even sold a brothel in Nevada while under contract with a federal agency.

"They seized the brothel and we sold the brothel online on eBay," Kennedy said.

And it wasn't just any brothel, but the notorious Mustang Ranch.

"We took and we sold all the different parts and pieces, licenses and wine bottles, high-heeled shoes and we sold it all," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the state surplus sells most everything it takes in to bidders from around the country, but the profits stay in Oregon.

"The profit that we make from the sale of all of this surplus property is what keeps the lights on here and we return the lion's share back to the agencies," Kennedy said.

Most of the items for sale can be found on a special dedicated section of EBay.

For more information, visit the state's surplus property website.

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