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car-vehicle-driving-motion-300x200The Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act describes the conditions under which property can and cannot be seized by, then officially forfeited to, law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida. The law states that its purpose is “to deter and prevent the continued use of contraband articles for criminal purposes while protecting the…interests of innocent owners.” (Title XLVII, 932.704)

 

The Act defines contraband widely, from controlled substances and their corresponding paraphernalia, to stolen property, to most personal property involved in the violation of Florida law. Even digital property, such as recorded video, can be seized and subsequently forfeited. Domestic or international currency, including checks and money orders, may also be seized as contraband.

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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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Oreth-Smith-169x300Broward sheriff’s jail deputy Oreth Smith of Plantation, Florida was arrested on March 28 for allegedly using a personal cellphone, which is considered contraband, for long periods of his work shift instead of conducting head counts, security checks, and other administrative duties.

Smith, 35, faces charges for introducing contraband into a jail and official misconduct after it was discovered he falsified inmate head count reports. He was released on bond the following day. The press did not list an attorney for Smith.

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Daniel SephesDaniel Sephes Jr. of Riviera Beach, Florida has been arrested for purportedly causing a fatal car crash that ended the life of Lenora Jean Price on March 12. Sephes, 36, faces charges for vehicular manslaughter and half a dozen counts of reckless driving. He was booked into Palm Beach County Jail, where he is still being held in lieu of $65,500 bond. The press did not specify whether Sephes has acquired legal representation.

According to the arrest report, the fatal accident occurred at 6:30 p.m. on Garden Road near Riviera Beach. Sephes was allegedly going over 70 mph to rush his wounded relative, Dashiell McGrady, to the hospital.

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