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A leaked handbook used by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents is providing insight into how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses civil asset forfeiture. Every year, ICE seizes millions of dollars of property even when they do not have enough evidence to press criminal charges.

The 71-page “Asset Forfeiture Handbook” stresses the importance of funds obtained through civil asset forfeiture to ICE. Not only do these seizures help “fund future law enforcement actions,” they also cover costs “HSI would otherwise be unable to fund.” ICE has confirmed that the handbook, although published in 2010, still represents current guidance for their agents on civil asset forfeiture.
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Angel Echevarria of Miami, Florida is standing trial today on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The former soldier, who now serves in dual roles as a Department of Homeland Security special agent and a deputy U.S. marshal, is facing the charges because of a road rage incident that led him to fire his service weapon at another vehicle.

Echevarria, 44, told investigators that he acted in self-defense when he fired his handgun. He was off-duty at the time and was driving with his wife and their five children. After his arrest, he pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance and blamed the other driver for his actions. He was released on a $15,000 bail.

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