CBP Forfeiture Publications

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) publishes a list of official notifications on the www.forfeiture.gov website. The only way to contest the legality of the forfeiture is to file a claim for court action within the deadline provided in the publication.

The full list can be viewed here: https://www.forfeiture.gov/pdf/DEA/OfficialNotification.pdf

In the legal notice, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) publishes a list of property seized for federal forfeiture for violation of federal law.

Filing a claim for court action after a seizure by the CBP is not a good “do-it-yourself” project. Instead, retain an experienced civil asset forfeiture attorney to contest a CBP seizure.

Attorney for Forfeitures by CBP

If your property was taken by a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), then contact an experienced civil asset forfeiture attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

We can explain the requirements for a seizure of property, the best way to contest the legality of the seizure, and how to fight for the return of your money or property taken by a CBP or HSI agent.

Call 813-250-0500.

Laws and Procedures for DEA Forfeitures

The laws and procedures applicable to the forfeiture process can be found at 19 U.S.C. Sections 1602 – 1619, 18 U.S.C. Section 983, and 28 C.F.R. Parts 8 and 9.

The only way to challenge the forfeiture is to file a claim in court within the allotted time. You may contest the forfeiture of the property listed below in U.S. District Court by filing a claim before the deadline.

The deadline is listed in the notice. The deadline might be not later than 11:59 PM EST 30 days after the date of final publication of this notice of seizure, or the date listed in the written notice via a personal letter.

The claim must describe the seized property, state your ownership or other interest in the property, and be made under oath, subject to the penalty of perjury or meet the requirements of an unsworn statement under penalty of perjury. See 18 U.S.C. Section 983(a)(2)(C) and 28 U.S.C. Section 1746.

A claim need not be made in any particular form and may be filed online or in writing. See 18 U.S.C. Section 983(a)(2)(D).

Claims must be sent to the DEA pursuant to the instructions shown in the applicable notice. The https://www.forfeiture.gov/FilingClaim.htm website provides access to a standard claim form that may be mailed and the link to file a claim online.

Examples of Recent CBP Forfeiture Notifications

A sample of recent CBP notifications for cases in Florida are listed below:


This article was last updated on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.