SFL Recovers Thousands Seized by DEA in Forfeiture Matter

SFL attorneys Alexander Fischer and Fausto Sanchez recently recovered a sizeable sum of U.S. dollars that were improperly seized from a traveler by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, last year. The DEA seized the funds on an unfounded suspicion that the funds were connected to illicit activity. The DEA did not arrest the traveler or otherwise charge him with a crime, nor did it identify a nexus between the funds and any alleged criminal activity, yet it seized the funds anyway. SFL formally contested the seizure, and as a result of its efforts, the Asset Forfeiture Department of the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that it will be returning all funds to the traveler.


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