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10/02/06

Airport Contraband Now for Sale

The small warehouse in Swainsboro is a hundred miles from Savannah's airport. But piles of scissors, knives and other contraband taken from carry on luggage are now for sale. It's all part of the State of Georgia's new surplus property sale to the public.

Earl Prickett drove from the Atlanta area just to plunder.

"For one thing, you never know what you'll find, and two, I love yard sales," he said with a laugh.

At three sites statewide, Georgia's Department of Administrative Services sells items deemed unsafe for flights by the Transportation Safety Administration.

"When you see some of these little things and what they could do in the wrong hands, it is scary," said Robert Stephens as he looked over bins of pocketknives.

"I never knew there were so many kinds of cork screws, so many kinds of scissors, never," confessed center manager June Jones.

Jones says prices range from 50 cents to $5. If you've had something confiscated, no problem. "If they can come in here and identify it, it's theirs. We're not here to try and turn a buck. There's just so much of it."

Jones says they'll get shipments every few months so keep checking back and you'll find something you like.

Georgia's Department of Administrative Services has sold the state's surplus property for decades, but sales were restricted to other governmental groups or nonprofit agencies. Monday was the first time the sales opened to the public.

For more information about the other properties for sale, see the DOAS website at www.surplusproperty.doas.ga.gov.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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