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No forfeiture of $53K truck for $200 drug deal (access required)

The civil forfeiture of a truck valued at $53,000 that was used to unlawfully distribute $200 worth of cocaine would violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment and 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause. Overview In the underlying criminal matter, the truck owner’s ex-spouse asked the owner about obtaining some cocaine for a friend, “Moe.” In ...