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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 18, 2019

21 Vehicles to be Auctioned as Result of Major Marijuana Prosecution

Twenty-one high-performance vehicles will be sold in an online auction that resulted from one of the largest federal marijuana prosecutions in Tulsa, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

The inventory includes drag, drift and track cars, high end street vehicles and a Toyota Tundra SRS. Many are highly modified vehicles to include 2JZE GTE motors, twin turbo engines, nitrous equipped, Stroud parachutes and 200-1800 HP engines. Fourteen are Japanese Domestic Market cars.

On Aug. 31, 2018, Kong Meng Vang, 35, of Tulsa, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and money laundering. The defendant 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, the United States and Vang agreed to the forfeiture of 21 of the defendant’s vehicles along with seven residences, firearms and ammunition.

“Vang profited by fueling the addiction of others. He sold, literally, tons of marijuana in northeastern Oklahoma. With his illegal drug profits, he purchased and modified race cars, some of which looked like they were straight off the set of The Fast and The Furious. But here’s the deal: Drug dealers don’t get to keep the luxury items they purchased with illicit drug proceeds,” said U.S. Attorney Shores. “These cars are being auctioned starting today, and the money will go to help state and local law enforcement in their drug enforcement efforts.”

The U.S. Marshals Service along with Apple Towing are selling the high-performance cars at an on-line auction starting March 18 at 10 am CST and closing April 1 at 10 am CST. 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.

As advertised, many of these vehicles are for Off Road/Track use only and cannot be titled, registered or operated on U.S. roadways.

Interested buyers can preview the cars in person on March 29, from 9 am- 5 pm CST, at Race Communications: 805 Jet Drive, Midwest City, Oklahoma. 

Below is a highlight of some of the unique cars that can be purchased:

2009 Nissan GT-R https:(spec sheet)

1997 Lexus SC300 (spec sheet

1991 Acura NSX (spec sheet)

1972 Datsun 240Z, Pro-Street/2L (spec sheet)

1993 Toyota Supra Pro-Street/Strip (spec sheet)

1999 Nissan Skyline GTR R34 (spec sheet)

2000 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI Tommi Makinen GSR (spec sheet)

This case resulted from a joint investigation conducted by the Tulsa Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Department of Treasury, IRS-Criminal Investigation; and U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph F. Wilson prosecuted the case as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine J. Depew handled the forfeiture of assets.

Topic(s): 
Asset Forfeiture
Drug Trafficking
Contact: 
Public Affairs 918-382-2755
Updated March 18, 2019