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Unformatted text preview: some bushes on the north side of the tracks. They opened the bag and found a large sum of U.S. currency. The two agents took custody of the bag and the money. A drug-sniffing dog returned positive results for drugs on the bag. On March 1, 2006, the government filed a complaint in Federal District Court against the One Hundred Sixty-Five Thousand Five Hundred Eighty Dollars. The patrol officers filed answers. ISSUE: May lost property be claimed when that property is the product of an illegal activity? DECISION: No. REASONING: The claimants can no more claim ownership in the proceeds of an illegal drug deal than they could claim rightful ownership in illegal drugs themselves. Simply because they found the money on the side of the railroad tracks does not legitimize the cash or their claim to it. Here, the Government seized the money because of its suspected involvement in the drug trade and, as such, it is statutorily subject to forfeiture....
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- Spring '09