Published On: Tue, Jan 2nd, 2018

Private jet Turkish drug dealer auctioned for $ 700,000

OM1WILLEMSTAD - The private jet of the Turkish drug dealer who got caught just before departure on Curaçao last year has raised 700,000 dollars at an internet auction. Who the buyer is, is not known.

This was seen on the website of auction house BVA Auctions. The auction started on December 15 with an opening bid of $ 100,000. Total the auction site received 33 bids.

Although the plane still has to be made ready for flight, the amount for the Bombardier Challenger 601-3A seems a bargain. Similar aircraft, which can accommodate eleven passengers and are equipped with all conveniences, start at $ 2 million on online marketplaces, if prices are already announced.

The previous owner wanted to fly to Turkey with 289 kilos of cocaine. However, the Turkish businessman was caught by the police last year and was sent to prison. Since then, the aircraft has been on the ground.

It had already been assumed in advance that the highest bidder had to go well above the opening bid, said Marjolein Loppies of BVA Auctions. “We have sometimes auctioned smaller planes, but never of this order, so that is really special.”

The interest in advance was enormous with two viewing days, says Loppies. However, a test flight was not possible due to insurance. The bargain hunters came from all corners of the world: "Russia, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Germany, Canada and Guernsey."

The proceeds will, after deduction of a fee and an expense allowance for BVA, go to the Public Prosecution (OM) in Curaçao. The OM will use the money for crime prevention, such as the so-called Asset Recovery Team. These police officers try to take away as much money from criminals as possible.

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