Belfast Telegraph

Crime loot auction in Mallusk sees Porsche Cayman, Cessna plane and Harley-Davidson go under hammer

By Jonny Bell

A Northern Ireland auction house is selling off a drug smuggler's plane as part of a huge haul of criminal loot seized by cops.

The £100,000 Cessna P210 Centurion plane was seized during an attempt to smuggle £5million worth of drugs in north Yorkshire.

This high wing, single engine, six seat, high performance, general aviation aircraft was grounded during a joint law enforcement agency operation in November 2014.

There are only seven Cessna 210 aircrafts on the UK and Irish register, and only one of these seven is the same model as the P210.

The plane was then confiscated and found its way to Wilsons Auctions for disposal at this month's unreserved prestige auction in Mallusk.

The 1980 aircraft was professionally dismantled for search and storage purposes and rebuilt for display at Wilsons Auctions branch in preparation for auction on the March 31.

Also going under the hammer is a number of high value items including luxury cars, personalised numberplates, watches, a Harley Davidson motorcycle - the same model that appeared in the Terminator films - and jewelery.

Aidan Larkin said the plane was the undoubted star of the forthcoming sale.

"It has a very colourful history. It was recovered from an attempted drug smuggle in Yorkshire in 2014 and we have been instructed by the government to sell it.

"The plane is currently on display at our headquarters in Mallusk and we are extremely excited for auction night next Thursday knowing the buzz this plane has already created.

"As well as the plane we will be selling a diverse selection of government repossessions including luxury watches, cars, motorbikes, designer handbags and cherished number plates so there is something for everyone. All lots are unreserved and will be auctioned off to the highest bidder - so there could be a chance for a real bargain."

Mr Larkin said they would expect the Porsche Cayman to go for between £20,000 and £30,000.

"Probably the most prestigious items we have in the auction are a selection of individual number plates, including 2RC and 8RC," he added.

"These number plates last changed hands for £50,000 each - which makes them worth more than most cars on the road."

The sale takes place at Willson Auctions Mallusk on Thursday March 31 at 7pm.

For more go to the Wilsons website.

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