DEA Takes Billions From People It Never Charged


Since 2007, the DEA has seized a total of $3.2 billion in cash from people suspected of being involved in the drug trade but never charged with a crime, the Washington Post reports. That statistic comes from a Department of Justice watchdog’s report released Wednesday. According to the AP, the inspector general reviewed 100 cases of civil asset forfeiture at random and found only 44 were verifiably connected to an ongoing investigation, responsible for starting a new investigation, or led to arrests or prosecutions. That means that 56% of the time “there was no discernible connection between the seizure and the advancement of law enforcement efforts,” Business Insider quotes from the report.

Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize cash, homes, cars, and more without criminal or civil charges or judicial review.

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15 Comments on DEA Takes Billions From People It Never Charged

  1. Asset forfeiture is the signature program of a corrupt govt beyond control.
    Anyone who claims that asset forfeiture is allowable under the Constitution is by doing so making it 100% certain that he is at heart a thief and a toady to tyrants.

  2. Use the money to build the wall! I am sure DEA would have returned the money if Jose’ had shown up at court.

  3. I actually don’t have a problem with the seizure of property so long as there is probable cause, charges and a conviction. Without that, no dice. Without a conviction, the property gets returned!

  4. @Extirpates March 31, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    > If this act is not tyranny, maybe the word need to be redefined!

    The word is fine. It’s just not applicable. This is treason.

  5. Don’t Try This at Home!

    When practiced by ANY other group on Earth, this is considered MOB Thuggery.

    izlamo delenda est …

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