Transfers of Forfeited Property to State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Headnotes: 

Section 981(e)(2) of title 18 does not prevent a state or local law enforcement agency from retransferring to other state or local government agencies property that has been transferred from the federal government pursuant to that section. However, the Attorney General has authority under section 981(e) to prevent such a further transfer by imposing a contrary term of condition on the initial transfer from the federal government.

Section 881(e) of title 21 does not prevent a state or local law enforcement agency from retransferring to other state or local government agencies property that has been transferred from the federal government pursuant to that section. However, the Attorney General has authority under section 881(e) to forbid a further transfer if he determines that to do so would “serve to encourage further cooperation between the recipient State or local agency and Federal law enforcement agencies.”

Updated July 9, 2014