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spencer-300x200As part of a series of patrols fighting transnational organized crime operations around Mexico and South America, the US Coast Guard seized cocaine and heroin worth over $300 million. The drugs were collected by multiple Coast Guard cutters patrolling the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The drugs were offloaded on Tuesday, November 14th as the US Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned from its three-month voyage to the Pacific.

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squad-car-1209719_640-300x162Any property can be subject to forfeiture, whether it be cars, boats, airplanes, cash, bank accounts, homes or businesses. If it can be connected to a crime, then it can be seized by the government.

You might be wondering what steps you should take to get your property back once it is seized. Here are a few pointers about asset forfeiture and how you should proceed if your property gets involved.

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car-vehicle-driving-motion-300x200Civil asset forfeiture can be found in many criminal cases. It happens when authorities seize property–cars, cash, electronics, etc.–that are supposedly connected to a crime.

Luckily, civil asset forfeiture is heavily regulated. The conditions under which property can be seized are strict in order to protect property owners from unfair seizure. 

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Derrick-Wiggins-235x300Derrick Wiggins was arrested on July 21 for allegedly sexually assaulting a female tourist in Miami Beach, Florida. Wiggins, 30, is charged with sexual battery and is being held on $100,000 bond. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

According to the arrest report, the alleged assault occurred at 8:30 p.m. near the Kantina restaurant in the 800 block of Ocean Drive in South Beach. The victim was reportedly having dinner with her friends at the restaurant when they first saw Wiggins. She later told police that she “felt sorry” for Wiggins as he was confronted by an unknown diner who rudely told him to leave. The victim asked the man to leave Wiggins alone and go back to his dinner.

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Grant-Griffith-Sarbinoff-300x169Grant Griffith Sarbinoff of Miami Beach, Florida was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend for several months by attempting to hack her social media accounts, using her email to set up reservations in her name, convincing Florida Power & Light to shut off her electricity, and other allegations.

Miami prosecutors say Sarbinoff’s harassment allegations run 28 pages. He is being charged with stalking, unlawful installation of a GPS tracking device, identity theft, and several counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer system.

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