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Police to sell drug gang plane on eBay

A Zenair Zodiac light aircraft Credit: Northamptonshire Police

A light aircraft used by a drugs gang to smuggle cocaine into Britain is being sold off by police on eBay.

The unusual sale, announced by Northamptonshire Police, will raise funds for policing activities and community projects.

On its eBay page, which went live last night, the aeroplane is described as being "out of commission" and needing considerable work before an airworthiness certificate can be issued.

The plane, a Zenair Zodiac, was used to transport £1.7million worth of cocaine into Britain from France. It was seized under the Misuse of Drugs Act by officers from the East Midlands special operations unit.

Northamptonshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Adam Simmonds, said: "I believe this may be the first time a force in the country has seized an aeroplane and is in a position to sell it, so this is a great result for us.

"This goes to show that not only will we go after those who commit crime in our county, but we will also go after their assets and ill-gotten gains."

In September 2012, Leicestershire Police sold a £95,000 sports car on its eBay page, after seizing it from a lavished criminal.

£95,000 Audi R8 sports car seized from a criminal living in the county Credit: ITV News Central

To this day, Leicestershire Police continues to sell items online – and with a rating of 99.7 per cent, the force seems to be rather good at it.

Current products available via its eBay page include a motorbike & sidecar, £1,700 Breitling watch and a pair of linen curtains.