U.S. Attorney General: Feds Can No Longer Accept Property Seized by State and Local Police

By Drug Policy Alliance

Property Seizures by Local and State Police Often Conducted Under Pretext that Property Is Connected to Illegal Drugs

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

WASHINGTON, DC — [On Friday], Attorney General Eric Holder issued an order establishing a new policy prohibiting federal agencies from accepting civil asset forfeiture assets seized by state and local law enforcement agencies unless the owner is convicted of a crime. The U.S. Treasury Department, which has its own forfeiture program, is issuing a similar policy.  The Department of Justice becomes involved after a state or local law enforcement agency seizes property pursuant to state law and requests that a federal agency take the seized asset and forfeit it under federal law.

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