Detroit CBP Seizes Undeclared Ammunition from CBP Trusted Traveler

CBP Trusted Traveler

The Ambassador bridge offers the NEXUS trusted traveler program to expedite border crossing for those individuals who are low risk and frequent travelers. The CBP Trusted Traveler program is appropriate for those who live or work across the border. It entails heightened initial investigation to grant the privilege of liberal travel thereafter. After the prescreening process, there is a zero tolerance policy in place and any violation results in the immediate suspension of the license. This pass works at northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks, and Canadian Preclearance locations , as well as marine reporting locations.

On September 11, 2013 a 36 year old Canadian citizen who was a member of the CBP trusted traveler program was detained and search by the Department of Homeland Security. The man, who has not been identified by name, entered via the NEXUS lane. During a secondary inspection he was found to be traveling with $3,450 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition which was seized for failure to declare. The boxes of ammunition were hidden below the front passenger seat floor. This man will almost certainly be expelled from the NEXUS trusted traveler program based on the comments from Customs and Border Protection. It remains to be seen whether he will be prosecuted.

Victim of a money or goods seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns this principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, you are guilty of the violation with the effect that your money is held until you can prove that you are an innocent owner with a legitimate use for the money. We can help. Our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similarly situated clients and can help you too. If you have had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA call our firm today for a free consultation. Remember, time is of the essence. With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.

 

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Nebraska Cash Seizure

Nebraska Cash Seizure?

Since 2004, the U.S. attorney’s office in Nebraska has seized nearly $10 million and 20+ vehicles alleged to be involved in the drug trade, after traffic stops a long I-80 alone. Many of these seizures involve out-of-state cars and rentals, most are stopped for some minor traffic violation, speeding or following too closely, then it gets interesting. Each leads to a search, either after an officer got consent or a police dog “smelled” drugs. In many case police  find money but no drugs, drivers often don’t face criminal charges. The Government calls it a weapon in the war against drugs, we call it an illegal seizure. If no one tries to claim the money, the government gets it.

Every day  innocent motorists get caught in the middle of the war on drugs, as seasoned warriors, if you feel you are one of these innocent motorists we can help you fight when it’s NOT OK for the government to seize your hard earned money or vehicle.

Victim of a Nebraska Cash Seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head, with civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent. We can help, our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Remember time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

 

US Customs and Border Protection Preclearance Zones

Bahamas, US Customs and Border Protection Preclearance Zones

US Customs PreClearance Zones:

While most inspections for US Customs and Border Protection take place in the United States, there are several inspection sites known as “US Customs PreClearance Zones” in other countries. These countries allow CBP to set up inspection zones prior to the traveler even leaving their airport of departure. If they are traveling to the US and have failed to declare, or have violated other customs policies, their money can be seized. Travelers pre-cleared at one of Customs and Border Protection’s foreign preclearance locations in Canada or the Caribbean are not required to clear customs and immigration again when they arrive in the United States.

Currently the U.S. has 15 locations in five countries including:

The vast majority of PreClearance zones are located in Canada. If you have been subject to a customs money seizure at a PreClearance zone, or otherwise, it is important to retain an experienced attorney. There are strict filing deadlines which, when missed, deprive you of your right to appeal this seizure. It is important to act quickly, and retain an attorney who knows the system and can work to protect your rights.

Our experienced customs seizure lawyers are ready to help you recover your money while there’s still time.  We practice throughout the US– call us now! We’re available by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

For more information see also, PreClearance Locations, or PreClearance Fact Sheet

Money Seized Greensboro NC: $19,900.00 Seized/ $19,900.00 Returned

GREENSBORO, NC $19,900.00 SEIZED/ $19,900.00 RETURNED

Money Seized Greensboro NC: $19,900.00 Seized/ $19,900.00 Returned

 

In May, one of our clients had $19,900.00 seized during a roadside stop near Greensboro, NC. The property was seized per title 18, United States Code, Section 981 for a violation of laundering of monetary instruments, as this property was alleged to have been derived from unlawful activity, specifically the selling and transporting of illegal drugs. The seizure was made during a speeding traffic infraction stop in which are client was found to have a single marijuana joint in his possession. Through our hard work over the next five months, we were able to show the money was legitimately earned in its entirety (in this case, legal gaming winnings from two local casinos), and that such a seizure was improper, meaning our client was able to recover all of his money, it being seized wrongfully.

Like here in Greensboro, NC, US Customs and DEA Seizures can happen anywhere at anytime, recovering money from the DEA, and US Customs and Border Patrol requires individuals to quickly offer strong proof that the money seized is legitimate and that seizure is improper. Our customs lawyers spent months working to convince US CBP that these funds were from a legitimate source, only through our aggressive advocacy where we able to achieve this victory for our client.

If your Money been seized in Greensboro, NC or anywhere else, we can help, our firm has recovered thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and may be able to help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

$90,000.00 Seized at the Dennis Deconcini Port of Entry

In Mid April, a 34 year old Mexican National from Nogales Sonora by the name of Cesar Olea Vazquez was caught attempting to smuggle $90,000.00 in contraband currency at the Dennis Deconcini Port of Entry. A drug sniffing dog alerted on the pickup and the agents found stacks of cash hidden under the seats.

If this has happened to you or a friend, act now. Even if Customs has seized your money, there may be a way to recover if you act quickly enough.  We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who will persevere until your money is recovered, so call us now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.  Time is of the essence!

http://www.kpho.com/story/22019037/cbp-man-tries-to-smuggle-90k-into-mexico

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

December 2012 was a busy season for travel, both for business and as part of the holidays. One of our clients was returning from work in Jordan, to his home in Houston, Texas, through the George Bush International Airport, unfortunately our client did not properly declare the money he carrying with him, and as a result the United States Customs and Border Patrol seized all of his cash.

The amount of cash our client was carrying was $16,182.00. He was carrying this money both to fund his travels, and to bring as gifts to the relatives he was visiting with for the Holiday season.

US Customs law and procedure can be complex and difficult to understand, and many of our clients have come to us as a result of the money seizure they suffered due to simple mistakes, or lack of declaring. If this has happened to you, a friend or family member, contact our attorneys now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

As a result of the hard work of our experienced and dedicated attorneys, our client saw a return of $15,182.00, in only three and half months. This impressive return of our clients cash is a wonderful example of how having the right attorneys fighting for you will insure success, and peace of mind. Our client was able to deliver his family gifts and maintain his professional and personal travel funds. To learn more about how our attorneys can help you call us now for your free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

The Port of New York and New Jersey Money Seizure

Port of New York and New Jersey Money Seizure

Port of New York and New Jersey Money Seizure

The Port of New York and New Jersey is unique in the fact that not only does it provide service to travelers using any imaginable form of transportation, but it also services two states. In 2012 the NY Cruise Port was named the Port of the Year, adding to it’s appeal for travelers looking to sail into both national and international waters for their dream vacations. It’s not just vacationers utilizing the services of the Ports of New York and New Jersey; millions of commuters take ferries, buses or trains, to their jobs on a daily and weekly basis.

As the busiest port in the Eastern United States, this unique port offers not only an impressive array of transportation options, visitors also get a good view of the internationally know Statue of Liberty. Known historically for the immigration of millions, the Port of New York and New Jersey still see hundred of millions of visitors each year, both immigrants and vacationers.

As with any international port, it is important to follow the rules and regulations outlined by the U.S. Customs regarding the transportation of money, or foreign currency. If you transport, or attempt to transport currency or other forms of money in amount more than $10,000.00 you must file a report with the U.S. Customs.

If you fail to file the proper report the government will seize your money. Have you had your money seized by the U.S. Government? Call our Attorneys at  877-406-6906 for a free consultation. Our attorney’s know the law and have experience in getting our client’s money back in a timely manner. The sooner you call, the sooner you will see the results you want.

Dog Alerts and Money Seizures

Dog alert

Were you charged with a crime or subjected to a customs seizure based on a dog alert? Dog alerts have long been considered a reliable justification for a search warrant which can lead to arrest and subsequent charges. However, these dog alerts may not be as reliable as they seem. In recent studies while the dogs were not distracted by other scents, toys, or treats, the dogs seemed to be responding to subtle nonverbal cues from the handlers.

Here are some resources for more information:

http://www.nlrg.com/criminal-law-legal-research/bid/84670/CRIMINAL-LAW-UPDATE-Reliability-of-Narcotics-Dogs-to-Be-Revisited-by-U-S-Supreme-Court

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/are-dogs-scientific-devices/264283/

While not seen in the study, it is even possible an officer could purposely stimulate a false alert. In order to protect your rights and your freedom it is important to retain an experienced attorney who can challenge the search to get it thrown out. Once the search is thrown out, nothing the agent found from the search can be used against you.

Our attorneys have successfully navigated the federal bureaucracy surrounding Seizure case and have recouped seized funds for numerous clients throughout the country, regularly relying on innocent owner defense and others.

The Federal Government regularly seizes millions of dollars from Travelers every year, don’t let them take your money without a fight, Nationwide call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation, or contact us with a private message.

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