February 28, 2017

Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act seizures reported

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a compilation of property seizures made under Missouri's Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act (CAFA) in 2016.

The report shows law enforcement officials seized an estimated $6.3 million worth of property in 2016.

Perry County reported seizing $10,145.

Ste. Genevieve County reported seizing $50,921.

Under the Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act, law enforcement officials may take possession of property or cash believed to be involved in or related to a crime. State law requires prosecuting attorneys and the attorney general to file information about reported seizures each year with the State Auditor's Office.

Law enforcement officials seized an estimated $6.3 million worth of property from 615 seizures in 2016, up from $6 million and 585 seizures in 2015. Approximately 44 percent of the total was transferred to federal agencies. The remainder was either transferred to the state (two percent), returned (eight percent), or is still pending a final decision (41 percent). Approximately five percent of reported seizures did not include the disposition of the seized property.

Additional information is available in the compilation report.

This report covers forfeitures under Missouri's Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act. A report on activities under federal forfeiture laws will be released later this year.