Federal government seizes $ 300,000 from homicide victim in Vallejo through asset forfeiture, alleging money is tied to sales of marijuana – Times-Herald
The Drug Enforcement Administration took $ 300,000 in cash that was found in a home linked to a homicide victim on June 30, according to documents filed in federal court last week.
In a petition signed by a federal judge, DEA Special Agent Brian Nehring wrote that the money was found alongside large amounts of marijuana at a residence believed to be the victim’s, located a short distance from the place where he was killed. The findings were made after a Vallejo police officer drafted a search warrant for the house, court records show.
Nehring cited a federal asset forfeiture law, which allows authorities to seize money and other valuables suspected of being linked to crimes.
The victim, identified in court records as Ahman Burns, 32, was shot and killed around 9 p.m. on June 30, near Falcon Drive and Violet Drive, authorities said at the time. He died in hospital later that day. Vallejo police have not announced any arrests.
Police believe Burns lived in a house on the 20 block of Falcon Drive. Inside the living room of the residence, they discovered a “loaded 9mm Glock pistol which was supposed to be fully automatic along with several bags of marijuana estimated at between 10 and 20 pounds, scales, wrappers and clues in the name of Burns, “Nehring wrote in court records, along with” several vials of purple drugs containing what was believed to be promethazine with codeine, “an opioid pain reliever.
They also found about $ 20,000 in a vacuum-sealed bag in the house and $ 285,000 in a Burns-registered Jeep Cherokee outside, he wrote. Nehring’s petition does not say what happens to the remaining $ 5,000.
During the search, a woman who identified as Burns’ girlfriend asked how much marijuana and money authorities would take, Nehring wrote. He added that she was claiming “she didn’t know how many of them were there, but she claimed the money and the marijuana belonged to her and Burns and that they planned to open a marijuana dispensary “.
The legal burden of proof for asset forfeiture is much lower than in criminal cases and does not require criminal convictions to match property seizures. Nehring’s petition was signed by U.S. magistrate Kendall Newman on August 20.
In 2019, an investigation by this press organization showed that authorities in Contra Costa seized $ 1.1 million over four years from people not charged with crimes, and that marijuana-related seizures accounted for $ 1.2 million of all reported asset seizures , the greatest number of drugs. The information was obtained through requests for acts on the records, but similar requests to other Bay Area counties have been denied, meaning it is not known how much money Solano County authorities take samples annually as part of this process.