Published: Monday, August 20, 2007
Drug dealer's house up for auction online
The Web site for the U. S. Marshals
Service asset sales features houses in several states and other items.
YOUNGSTOWN If you like online auctions, check out the U.S. Marshals Service sale of a house at 452 W. Hylda Ave. forfeited by a drug dealer.
The auction begins at 8 a.m. next Monday and ends at 3 p.m. Aug. 29. The minimum bid is $12,500 (with bid increments of $875) for the well-maintained 11/2-story South Side house.
The Web site for USM asset sales is www.usmarshals.gov/assets choose "current asset sales."
Scroll down past all the wire rims and click on Youngstown, OH single-family residence. You'll find a photo of the house and instructions for bidding. The house ad is located between limited-edition prints of painted ponies and residential land in Cocoa, Fla.
The West Hylda Avenue house was built in 1941, according to Mahoning County records. A past sale notes a price of more than $50,000.
Aside from houses all over the country, there's loads of other stuff forfeited by court order, generally because federal prosecutors proved the items were purchased with ill-gotten gains.
The house on West Hylda was owned by 58-year-old Marvin L. McWilson, who was convicted of cocaine distribution and sentenced in October 2006 to 57 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan signed the order of forfeiture in April.
McWilson, who reached a plea agreement with the government, had to forfeit $8,167 seized at his house, three Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a pickup truck and the house on West Hylda. He acknowledged that he sold powdered cocaine at the place, court papers show.
There's a link on the U.S. Marshals Service Web site to Bid4Assets (www.bid4assets.com). Since 1999, Bid4Assets has been helping the federal government sell diverse assets such as high-end vehicles, collector cars, residential, commercial and agricultural real estate, timeshares, sport fishing vessels, aircraft, artwork, jewelry, financial instruments and much more.