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In most of the seizures examined by the Inspector General, DEA officers initiated encounters with peoplebased on whether canada goose outlet store uk they met certain criteria, like canada goose parka outlet uk “traveling to or from a known source city for drug trafficking, purchasing a ticket within 24 hours of travel, purchasing a ticket for a long flight with an immediate return, purchasing a one way ticket, and traveling without checked luggage.”

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For these reasons, many defendants don’t bother disputing forfeitures. The Inspector General’s report, canada goose jacket outlet store however,finds that those who do often get at least a portion of canada goose outlet ontario their cash returned. canada goose outlet store quebec Only one fifth of people who had their cash seized by the canada goose outlet montreal DEA disputed the seizures in court. But among those who contested the seizure, nearly 40 percent ended up getting all or some of their cash returned, suggesting that the DEA’s forfeiture net ensnares many individuals not involved in wrongdoing.

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“Nobody in America should lose their property without being convicted of a crime,” said the Institute for Justice’s Sheth. “If our goal is to curb crime, we should simply abolish civil forfeiture” and only forfeit property after canada goose clothing uk a criminal conviction is obtained, she added.

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