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Florida’s Contraband Forfeiture Act

Tampa Police seek to seize $298K found in suspicious package, without an arrest

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Tampa police are looking to seize nearly $300,000 from a suspicious Oregon-bound package found at a UPS Customer Center in Tampa, despite the lack of an arrest for any crime. On May 25, a man dropped off a 65-pound package a UPS Customer Center at 5100 Acline Dr. E, Tampa. The man, later identified as Junction City, Oregon resident Donald George “Don” Penvose Jr., arrived at the UPS center driving a newly-purchased 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. According to witnesses, Penvose –…

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Two Largo court petitions raise question of fairness in Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act

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A pair of City of Largo court petitions raise questions on the fairness of the state’s Contraband Forfeiture Act. Ronisha Ke’irra Scott, 24, is a St. Petersburg resident. An African-American woman, Scott lives in a 675-square-foot St. Petersburg home appraised by the county at $26,435, with a sales value of $31,900. On June 1, Largo Police arrested Scott for running a stop sign and having “excessively tinted windows.” During the stop, officers allegedly found two dilaudid pain pills and a…

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