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HSI Seizures and Forfeitures

HSI is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security that combats criminal organizations exploiting the immigration system, as well as trade, travel, and trade. Investigations with HSI involve support staff, auditors, analysts, and special agents.

Special Agents with HSI have the authority to investigate and enforce several federal statutes involving criminal activity that might cross borders including:

  • Financial crimes for bulk cash smuggling or money laundering;
  • Cybercrimes;
  • Intellectual property theft;
  • Drug trafficking;
  • Smugglings weapons and firearms; and
  • Export enforcement.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) was created to combat criminal threats facing the United States through the following types of actions:

  • the seizures of illicit drugs and the money used on intended to be used in the drug trade;
  • criminal prosecutions in federal court;
  • the issuance of search warrants;
  • the seizures of good and merchandise for intellectual property rights violations; and
  • the seizure of weapons and ammunition.

Attorney for HSI Seizures and Forfeitures in Tampa, FL

If your U.S. currency or other property was seized by a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), then contact an experienced federal forfeiture attorney in Tampa, FL, at Sammis Law Firm.

We are particularly experienced with the seizure of U.S. currency (cash or money) taken at the airport before a domestic or international flight at the airport, including cash seizures at the Tampa International Airport.

Call 813-250-0500.


Additional Resources

HSI Asset Forfeiture Branch – Visit the website of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to learn more about how Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seizes money or other property for forfeiture. The seizures by Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations often involve allegations of smuggling narcotics, weapons, or other contraband or transporting bulk cash for financial crimes or money laundering. The asset forfeiture program uses HSI’s efforts to identify this property that represents the proceeds of crime or is being used to facilitate federal violations under the investigative jurisdiction of HSI. The forfeiture of assets is used by Special Agents with ICE and HCI as a sanction in criminal, civil, and administrative investigative activities.


This article was last updated on Friday, February 7, 2020.

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