When Stanford Bradshaw returned home from the mall, Halifax County, Virginia, police officers arrested him for possession of cocaine. A subsequent search of his residence produced forty-nine grams of cocaine, a set of scales and a little over $17,000 in cash stuffed in a bank bag. Bradshaw was a cocaine addict who occasionally sold drugs from his house. Although he knew he had committed a serious crime, Bradshaw did not imagine the ultimate consequence of his criminal activity. The Commonwealth's Attorney seized Bradshaw's house and instituted forfeiture proceedings: the most powerful weapon in its arsenal. As a result of his drug dealing, Bradshaw faced the loss of all rights, title, and interest in his house as well as its interior furniture.

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