Posted: Feb 28, 2014 11:31 PM by Trey Schmaltz
BATON ROUGE- A bidding war ended over a diamond ring connected to a drug investigation Friday.
The 2.5 carat engagement ring, valued at $25,000, was sold for $17,609 at an online auction of city surplus materials, equipment, and vehicles. The money raised from the sale of the ring will be split among city departments and the law enforcement agencies that participated in the investigation the ring was a part of.
Prosecutors allege that former Clerk of Court employee William Bates Colvin purchased the ring with money he made from selling stolen drugs from the clerk's evidence locker.
He, his girlfriend, and another man faces charges in the case.
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