What happens when you money is seized by the DEA?

Made of MoneyWhat happens when you money is seized by the DEA?

As you know by now, or may just be finding out, the Drug enforcement administration has the power to seize your personal property or cash if it believes that it has a nexus to drug trafficking or the drug trade. Once your money has been seized, the burden is on the Petitioner to prove that there is no nexus between the drug trade or drug trafficking and your property or money. In our experience, many people choose not to pursue remedies available to them whether it is to avoid possible criminal penalties, to save time, money, or expense, and end up permanently forfeiting the money. Sometimes these individuals do not even realize that allowing time to elapse effectively foreclose on their rights to seized property. Between that, and the number of Petitions the DEA denies (Especially high among individuals who are unrepresented), this is a major source of revenue for the federal government. Some local municipalities (Nebraska), have realized the potential to make a profit and have passed legislation enabling their local sheriffs to make seizures in partnership with the DEA for a portion of the profits.

But what is done with these funds? Many of them go back into the Drug Enforcement administration in order to cover costs and overhead. It seems that others go into a harm reduction program for addicts in New Jersey and New York. According to VOCAL-NY Policy Director Matt Curtis There’s probably not a single better potential use of civil asset forfeiture funds, but it’s a corrupt system.” VOCAL is a pilot program which provides for the administration of an overdose reversing drug in New York and New Jersey, which is according to the article below, funded by the funds which are seized via civil forfeiture. That is to say, that even the director of a program that is directly funded through these civil forfeitures cannot say that they are not corrupt.


What do you think? What is the best use for this seized money?  Besides of course, returning it to its true owners.

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