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josh-appel-NeTPASr-bmQ-unsplash-300x225Local police in North Carolina and U.S. Homeland Security agents raided multiple video gambling businesses in two counties and seized almost $760,000 using asset forfeiture.

For over a year, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) received reports of alleged illegal video gambling operations in the county. There were a variety of complaints made regarding these alleged businesses. Families were accusing members of spending their paychecks or COVID-19 stimulus checks at these purported gambling sites. There were also reports of armed individuals around these areas, patrons getting mugged as soon as they stepped out, drug trafficking and overdoses, and more.

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pexels-yash-lucid-1466335-300x200Last Friday, the sheriff’s office in San Diego confiscated large amounts of marijuana and marijuana products from an allegedly illegal marijuana dispensary using asset forfeiture. In the early morning hours last Friday, the sheriff’s office searched and seized about 100 pounds of marijuana and other drug products at a store on 3000 Oro Street in El Cajon.

News reports do not specify what made the dispensary illegal; It is not yet clear whether that label was due to a paperwork error or some other factor.  Marijuana has been legal for recreational use in California since 2016.

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fred-moon-ofBf15Ps_0k-unsplash-300x200In January of this year, a man was subjected to a search and seizure while driving in Camden County, New Jersey. His car was seized by the authorities along with money he had in a bag inside the vehicle that amounted to $43,000. The driver is now suing the Camden County Police Department to get his property back.

According to the driver’s account, he was pulled over by two Camden County Police Department officers who asked to search his car. They allegedly didn’t indicate the reason for the search. The owner, seeing nothing wrong with the request, agreed to the search. He informed the officers beforehand that he had about $43,000 in a bag inside the car that was from his clothing business. He reportedly claimed the money was revenue he collected over a few months from his enterprise that he was using to buy real estate property.

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slawek-k-FeWQVooUhDM-unsplash-300x200Malibu Wine Safaris’ famous giraffe named Stanley is at the center of a civil asset forfeiture battle among other legal proceedings. Stanley gained fame for appearing in the third installment of the movie franchise, “The Hangover,” and his photos with different celebrities. Since 2015, Stanley has been owned by Ron Semler, the son of the owner of Saddlerock Ranch where Malibu Wine Safaris operates.

In the last year, the ranch has gone under fire on social media when people discovered that the animals were allegedly not evacuated out of the premises during the Woolsey Fire. While the owners of the ranch clarified that the animals were herded into a secured area and were not in any danger of getting harmed, the situation caught the attention of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDWF).

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joshua-koblin-eqW1MPinEV4-unsplash-300x200Luxury car brand Ferrari produced 349 F50 cars to commemorate their 50th brand anniversary in 1996. One of these 349 cars is at the center of a dispute that prompted the U.S. government to file a petition to find out its rightful owner.

According to the civil action complaint from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized a Ferrari F50 from Quebec, Canada, that was on its way to a car collection in Florida. CBP seized the vehicle because they found a suspicious black substance plastered over the vehicle identification number (VIN).

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