Category Archives: Forfeiture

Vice: These Cops Are Seizing Cash from People Who Smell Like Weed Before They Fly to California

Vice: These Cops Are Seizing Cash from People Who Smell Like Weed Before They Fly to California (“Smelling like cannabis and buying your ticket right before your flight from this Florida airport are apparently great reasons for cops to take … Continue reading

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Reason: A DEA Agent Got a Drug Dealer to Buy a Truck So the Agent Could Seize it Through Asset Forfeiture

Reason: A DEA Agent Got a Drug Dealer to Buy a Truck So the Agent Could Seize it Through Asset Forfeiture by C.J. Ciaramella: Former DEA special agent Chad Scott has been convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and falsifying … Continue reading

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CA2: Govt doesn’t get GFE in forfeiture search and seizure for overbreadth and particularity problem it created

In a forfeiture case initiated with a search warrant, defects in the warrant process denied the government resort to the good faith exception for failure to apprise all the officers what they were looking for and not attaching exhibits to … Continue reading

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S.D.Miss.: Govt plans to file forfeiture so motion for return of cash denied

Claimant business’s motion for return of $895k from its bank account under Rule 41(g) is denied for lack of irreparable harm, based also on the government’s representation it’s going to attempt forfeiture. “Turning to the fourth factor, the Court finds … Continue reading

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AL: Drug dog alert on cash without presence of drugs won’t support forfeiture

A drug dog alert on money without the presence of drugs cannot support a forfeiture. Martinez-Camacho v. State, 2019 Ala. Civ. App. LEXIS 102 (Aug. 2, 2019):

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WaPo: She delivered $200 worth of drugs. Police seized her $53,000 Chevrolet Tahoe.

WaPo: She delivered $200 worth of drugs. Police seized her $53,000 Chevrolet Tahoe. by Justin Jouvenal:

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ClickOrlando.com: Be careful when driving with large amounts of cash in your vehicle

ClickOrlando.com: Be careful when driving with large amounts of cash in your vehicle by Steve Montiero: Troopers may ask to see proof.

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VOA: Customs Agency Cash Seizures at Airports Cost Travelers Millions

VOA: Customs Agency Cash Seizures at Airports Cost Travelers Millions by Masood Farivar: A little-known U.S. anti-money laundering law is costing international travelers millions of dollars a year, raising concerns of civil liberties’ advocates that many innocent people are unwittingly … Continue reading

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Reason: The FBI Hopes These Cute Puppies Will Distract You From Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeitures

Reason: The FBI Hopes These Cute Puppies Will Distract You From Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeitures by Scott Shackford: Surrender the Fifth Amendment or the dog dies.

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TechDirt: Data From Court Documents Shows Texas Law Enforcement Playing Small-Ball Forfeiture, Not Doing Much To Stop Drug Trafficking

TechDirt: Data From Court Documents Shows Texas Law Enforcement Playing Small-Ball Forfeiture, Not Doing Much To Stop Drug Trafficking by Tim Cushing: Small seizures work out best for law enforcement. The cost of fighting the forfeiture usually outpaces the value … Continue reading

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CA9: Overbreadth as to one category in SW moot by fact documents were included in another

In a complex tax avoidance scheme, the IRS obtained search warrant was overbroad as to one category of things to be seized in ¶ u but it was mooted by the fact that items arguably seized under that category were … Continue reading

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M.D.Ala.: “Motions to suppress evidence are appropriate in civil forfeiture proceedings …”

“Motions to suppress evidence are appropriate in civil forfeiture proceedings because the seizure and subsequent civil forfeiture of assets implicates the Fourth Amendment. Plymouth Sedan v. Pennsylvania, 380 U.S. 693, 702 (1965) (holding that the Fourth Amendment is applicable to … Continue reading

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