Suit Filed to Confiscate Items from Drug Raid

The federal government is suing to permanently confiscate cash, guns and synthetic marijuana that were seized during a May raid on four head shops in Fairbanks.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- The federal government is suing to permanently confiscate cash, guns and synthetic marijuana that were seized during a May raid on four head shops in Fairbanks.


The Drug Enforcement Administration raid resulted in no arrests. Though owners of the shops are not accused of a crime, a government prosecutor asserts the seized property is drug money and subject to forfeiture.


Civil forfeiture cases have a lower legal standard of proof than the "beyond a reasonable doubt" needed for a criminal conviction.


The raid targeted synthetic marijuana, a drug also known as "potpourri" or "spice" that state and federal lawmakers have tried to criminalize.


Retailers continue to sell the product by marking it as "not for human consumption," and selling chemical variations that haven't yet been made illegal.


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