The two separate events resulted in nearly 600 pounds of marijuana being seized, as well as the vehicles the drugs were being transported in. All of the individuals involved were arrested and turned over to the DEA.
Federal agents are reportedly suing the cash seized in a drug raid in Key West, Florida earlier this year to make sure it doesn’t get into the wrong hands.
According to news sources, federal, state, and local agents raided a Big Coppitt Key home on January 10 and seized $166,400 in cash as well as drug paraphernalia and small amounts of marijuana and cocaine.
When it comes to civil asset forfeiture, you don’t have to be charged with a crime in order for your property to be seized. Depending on the circumstances, your property can slip away when you least expect it.
That’s exactly what happened to Gerardo Serrano as he crossed the U.S. border into Mexico late in 2015, when his truck was seized without any charges being brought against him.
It was a big day late last month for the U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP), as it seized a significant amount of crystal meth and unreported currency with a value of more than $1 million in Laredo, Texas.
On a typical day, the CBP processes over 1 million passengers and pedestrians. In the 2015 fiscal year, the CBP performed over 2 million drug seizures and seized nearly $20 million in currency.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the creation of a new unit in the Justice Department to oversee federal asset forfeiture policies in a memo sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein yesterday.
This recent action by Sessions comes just a few months after his announcement in July that the Department of Justice would be rolling back a series of Obama-era curbs on civil asset forfeiture.