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Friday, May 29, 2009

Hey St. Louis! Did Your Bling Get Confiscated in a Drug Bust? The DEA Wants to Know.

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Lose your Cadillac Escalade in a drug bust, and you're a completely innocent party? The DEA wants to know!
  • Lose your Cadillac Escalade in a drug bust, and you're a completely innocent party? The DEA wants to know!
For the past several weeks the Drug Enforcement Administration has been running advertisements in the Wall Street Journal and other national publications asking people to identify thousands of items seized during drug busts.

Here's how it works. If you see an item that belongs to you in the advertisement, you can contact the DEA and collect the merchandise or put a lien on the item.

Some of the goods confiscated in and near St. Louis are pretty pimp-tacular. 

For example, there's the 14-karat gold pendant of the Gateway Arch (measuring 3"x4") with the letters STL. That piece, along with a gentleman's ring containing 21 diamonds and another ring with 71 diamonds, was seized last December.

Also up for grabs is a 2006 Lincoln pickup (VIN# 5LTPW18506FJ01528) seized in the same raid as well as a 2005 Cadillac Escalade (VIN# 1GYEK63N15R117917).

But wait, there's more!

The feds are also looking for anyone who may have legal claim to the following vehicles seized this March at a storage facility: a 2008 Dodge Ram truck (VIN# 1D7HA18258J159233), 2005 Nissan Maxima (VIN# 1N4BA41E05C833901), 2006 Chevrolet Impala (VIN# 2G1WD58C969370185) and 2005 Infiniti QX56 (VIN# 5N3AA08CX5N804528).

The DEA also has lots and lots of cash under forfeiture. Though I imagine claiming seized money is even more difficult than laying claim to jewelry and automobiles. "I don't know how the drug dealer got my wad of hundred dollar bills, officer. But I swear they're mine and I wasn't up to anything illegal. Honest!"

Anyway, if any of the stuff mentioned above sounds like something of yours, contact the DEA at (202) 307-1000.

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