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Federal Drug Seizure System
The Federal Drug Seizure System is the power of the federal government to seize property if it is used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit or to facilitate the commission of a drug crime. Federal drug seizure statutes were first enacted by Congress in 1970. However, it was the passage of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, part of the increased focus on the War on Drugs during the administration of President Ronald Reagan, that significantly strengthened the abilities of the government to seize property or assets if there was probable cause to assume that the property or asset in question was being used for the commission of drug crimes. The laws state that any person convicted of a federal drug offense punishable by more than one year in prison shall forfeit to the United States any personal or real property related to ...