Feds try to seize car allegedly used in Schenectady drug deal

Monday, June 9, 2014
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— Federal prosecutors are looking to formally seize a car allegedly used in Schenectady by a suspect in a drug sale, but owned by another person, according to a U.S. District Court filing.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed the action recently in their attempt to formally seize a 2013 Hyundai Elantra.

Prosecutors allege that the car was used by Daniel Christopher of Avenue A, Schenectady, to sell cocaine and Ecstasy Dec. 12 on University Place in Schenectady.

Christopher had been the subject of an undercover drug investigation run by the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department. He had allegedly sold drugs on two prior occasions in Schenectady, once in September and once in October.

The December drug buy was set up in order for investigators to make the arrest, according to the filing.

Christopher arrived in the car with a passenger who held the title to the vehicle.

The passenger was not charged with a crime, records show. But she allegedly admitted to sheriff’s investigators that she picked up Christopher and he told her they were going to the area so he could sell cocaine and Ecstasy, according to the filing.

Prosecutors are attempting to seize the car on the grounds that it was used as part of a drug sale.

An attorney listed for the passenger could not be reached for comment.

Charges against Christopher remain pending. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance, both felony charges.

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June 9, 2014
10:25 a.m.
Will1960 says...

"The December drug buy was set up in order for investigators to make the arrest, according to the filing."
The Feds had their eye on seizing this car from the beginning. Asset forfeiture laws give an incentive for the Government to seize as much property as they possibly can. These asset forfeiture laws have driven a stake through the 4th amendment. How someone who is never charged with a crime can legally have their property confiscated by the government is just a scam by the Feds to obtain more money.
The owner of the car thought she was doing herself a favor by revealing knowledge of the drug sale. This admission shouldn't give the Feds license to steal her car. Usually the threshold for a seizure was property or cash obtained through drug sales. The Feds have been successful in lowering the bar for seizing property. I hope the owner of the car has a good lawyer. She'll need one.

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