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.
Steven S. Biss,
Substantial Connection and the Illusive Facilitation Element for Civil Forfeiture of Narcoband in Drug Felony Cases,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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