Recent Trends in Drug-Related Asset Forfeitures
(03 Sep 2019) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during July 2019 the government reported filing 68 new drug-related asset forfeitures under 21 USC 881. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 17.2 percent over the previous month when the number of civil filings of this type totaled 58.

A decade ago asset forfeitures were over double their present level. Numbers started declining during FY 2013 and continued falling through FY 2016. Under the current administration, the numbers have risen modestly but are still far below earlier levels. In FY 2009 these asset forfeitures had reached 1,426. During the first ten months of FY 2019 there had only been 513 such seizures. If the pace of seizures continues at the same rate for the remainder of FY 2019, they are projected to only climb to 616. This is below the 634 such cases filed during FY 2018.

During July 2019, federal prosecutors in the Western District of New York (Buffalo) filed the most new drug-related asset forfeiture cases.

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