Rick Joyner bought a $500 first car for his foster son Tyrese Allen at a government auction – then found $300,000 of heroin hidden inside it (Pictures: WKRG)
Blundering police officers sold a dad a car they’d seized from drug dealers to give to his foster son son – only to leave $300,000 worth of heroin inside it.
Rick Joyner bought the Ford Taurus for $500 on a government auction site earlier this month. He knew it had been confiscated during a drugs seizure before buying it as a cheap first car for his foster son Tyrese Allen.
The cautious dad, from Madison County in Alabama, traveled to Nashville in Tennessee to pick the car up with Tyrese, and even asked officials who handed it over if they’d used a sniffer dog on it.
They answered: ‘Nah, we got it all, don’t worry about it,’ before adding: ‘Whatever is in there, it’s yours.’ It was only when Rick and Tyrese got back to Alabama and opened the trunk that they discovered the Ford’s illicit extras.
Rick said: ‘We started pulling all this stuff out of the trunk and I saw this Walmart bag and I pulled it up and it had two bundles of something that was taped really, really heavy. I was looking at it and I thought, “Something don’t look right with this.”‘
He called out deputies from Madison County Sheriff’s Office, who informed the stunned foster dad that the package contained two kilos of heroin, with a street value of $200,000. They confiscated the deadly drug – and thanked Rick for his honesty.
Rick, who buys all his foster kids a first car when they are old enough, says he and Tyrese have been able to see the funny side of the bizarre incident.
Tyrese told WKRG: ‘I’ll probably remember this for the rest of my life just because it was so unexpected it was just like a regular day and then out of nowhere, we find two kilos of heroin in our trunk.’
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