Asset Forfeiture

ATF has the authority to seize and forfeit firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco and other assets used in criminal activity under the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture authority. ATF’s Asset Forfeiture & Seized Property Division covers the removal of earnings through crime and other assets used by criminals to support their illegal activities. For questions or concerns, please contact the ATF Asset Forfeiture Help Desk at (202) 648-7890.

Featured Stories

Seattle Field Division

Jorge Cardenas was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. A joint investigation with the ATF, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Juneau Police Department, and Alaska State Troopers led to his arrest along with the seizure of five firearms and 730 grams of meth. The weapons seized were forfeited and destroyed by ATF. The weapons were forfeited and...

Atlanta Field Division

Darrick Lawrence was sentenced to 16 years and six months in federal prison for trafficking cocaine. In support of Project Safe Neighborhoods and as part of a joint investigation involving ATF, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and DeKalb County police officers, a search warrant was executed at Lawrence’s home to locate evidence in a murder committed in Virginia. During the search, two high-powered rifles, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and cocaine were found and seized by ATF.

Philadelphia Field Division

A Pittsburgh resident sentenced to 68 months in prison for attempted robbery and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime. During an attempt to rob a van delivering pharmaceutical drugs, the defendant brandished a firearm. The firearm was seized by ATF, forfeited federally and will be disposed of by ATF. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime.

Houston Field Division

As part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, ATF and the Port Arthur Police Department executed a search warrant at a convicted felon’s home. During the search, ATF seized firearms, ammunition and drugs. The defendant pled guilty in court and was sentenced to 44 months in federal prison. The property was forfeited and will be disposed of by ATF.

Nashville Field Division

Several individuals were convicted for offenses related to drug trafficking, resulting in the seizure of firearms, explosives, narcotics, money, vehicles and bank accounts. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department received a portion of the money from this joint case with ATF. Federal law allows the sharing of federally surrendered property with state and local agencies. Equitable sharing increases the cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

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