(a)(1) The District Attorney of Calhoun County shall keep and maintain a permanent record of all abandoned or stolen personal property recovered by the Calhoun County Drug Task Force. These records shall state the description of the property, the date of recovery of the property, the serial or other identifying number of the property, and the place of recovery of the property. The records shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 45-8-82.22

  • month: means a calendar month. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidence of debt, deeds and conveyances. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • preceding: means next before. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • property: includes both real and personal property. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(2) All abandoned or stolen property recovered by the drug task force shall be stored in a suitable place to protect the property from deterioration.

(b) If the abandoned or stolen personal property is of a perishable nature and reasonable attempts to locate and identify the owner of the property are not successful, the property may be sold at once without notice. The district attorney shall attempt to obtain the best possible price for the property. The proceeds of a sale shall be held in a separate account for a period of six months for the owner. During this period, the proceeds shall be paid to the owner upon demand, less any cost of recovery, storage, maintenance, and sale. If the proceeds are not claimed within six months, after deducting and paying all expenses incurred in the recovery, storage, maintenance, and sale of the property, the net funds shall be paid to the office of the district attorney to be used for the operation of the drug task force.

(c)(1) The district attorney shall keep and maintain a separate permanent record of all abandoned or stolen firearms not subject to disposition by general law. The records shall state the description of the firearm, the date of recovery of the firearm, the serial or other identifying number, if any, of the firearm, and the place of recovery of the firearm. Firearm as used in this section shall have the same meaning as defined in Section 13A-8-1.

(2) Unless otherwise provided by law, the district attorney may sell or destroy these firearms if the owner of the firearm does not claim the firearm within six months of the date the drug task force obtained the firearm.

(3) The district attorney may sell the firearms only to a person who has been licensed as a gun dealer for at least one year immediately prior to the date of the sale. The district attorney shall establish a procedure to notify gun dealers of a sale. A firearm shall be sold to the gun dealer submitting the highest sealed bid. All sales shall be on a cash basis. The proceeds of the sale, after deducting and paying all expenses incurred in the recovery, maintenance, and sale of the firearms, shall be paid to the office of the district attorney to be used for the operation of the drug task force.

(4) The district attorney may establish a procedure to destroy firearms and may expend necessary funds for that purpose.

(5) Any firearm held by the drug task force on November 1, 2009, shall be subject to this subsection, but shall be held for at least six months after November 1, 2009.

(d)(1) At least every six months, the district attorney shall sell at public auction to the highest bidder, for cash, all abandoned or stolen personal property, other than firearms, which has been recovered by the drug task force and has remained unclaimed by the rightful owner during the preceding six-month period.

(2) Prior to the sale, notice shall be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in Calhoun County once a week for two successive weeks or by posting a notice in a conspicuous place at the Calhoun County Courthouse for a period of at least 20 days. The notice shall contain the place, date, and time of each auction and a description of each item of personal property to be sold at the auction. If publication of notice is made in the newspaper, the first notice shall run at least 20 days prior to the auction.

(3) The owner of any abandoned or stolen personal property recovered by the drug task force, including firearms, may claim the property at any time prior to its sale by submitting sufficient proof of ownership as determined by the district attorney and by paying any reasonable expenses incurred in the recovery of the property, its maintenance, storage, and a pro rata share of the costs, if any, of publication of notice of the sale of the property.

(4) If personal property is sold at public auction, as provided in this section, a notation in the storage record book shall be made of the sale and of the amount received for the property. The person making the sale may reject any and all bids if the amount bid is unreasonably low and may continue the sale, from time to time, if no bidders are present.

(5) The proceeds from the sale of personal property at an auction conducted under the authority of this section, after deducting and paying all expenses incurred in the recovery, storage, maintenance, and sale of property, shall be paid to the office of the district attorney to be used for the operation of the drug task force.

(Act 2009-816, 1st Sp. Sess., p. 2541, §§1-4.)