The Code of Virginia §19.2-386.22 permits Virginia law enforcement officers to seize any money or property used in substantial connection with or traceable to the illegal manufacture, sale or distribution of controlled substances. This process is known as asset forfeiture, and it may take place through either criminal or civil procedures. At least 90% of these assets are given to the law enforcement agency that seized them, giving them a strong financial incentive to exercise this capability. The remainder is retained by DCJS or given to the State Literary Fund. Over $5 million was distributed by this DCJS program in 2017.

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