Forfeiture law permits the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with state and local police departments, to seize property merely on the grounds that it may have been connected to a crime. In drug cases, assets seized might include a home in which sale is merely suspected, or a car in which drugs might have been transported. For example: If an individual gives a ride to a friend who, unbeknownst to her, is carrying cocaine, the government can legally seize her car. The only recourse left to the owner is to sue the government. If she is unsuccessful, the government can sell her car and use the money to support further drug investigations. Drug forfeiture laws provide a sinister incentive for the War on Drugs to continue.
Contact your legislator today to encourage them to take action to end civil asset forfeiture.