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United States v. $199

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


April 29, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
$199,900.00 IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Murphy, District Judge

ORDER OF FORFEITURE

On August 15, 2008, a Verified Complaint for Forfeiture against a defendant, described as:

$199,900.00 UNITED STATES CURRENCY was filed on behalf of Plaintiff, United States of America. The Complaint alleges that said res constitutes money furnished or intended to be furnished by a person in exchange for a controlled substance, or proceeds traceable to such an exchange, and money used to facilitate a violation of 21 U.S.C.§ 801 et seq., and is subject to forfeiture pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6).

Process was fully issued in this action and returned according to law, and, pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by this Court, the United States Marshal for this District seized said property on January 15, 2009. Notice of Civil Forfeiture was posted on an official internet site (www.forfeiture.gov) for at least 30 consecutive days, beginning on September 26, 2008, and the Certificate of Publication was filed with this Court on December 2, 2008 (see Doc. 4).

William Cooper executed a Stipulation and Consent to Forfeiture which was filed with this Court on August 19, 2008. All other interested parties were defaulted for failure to file a claim or answer within the time permitted by the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims (see Doc. 8).

The Government's motion for judgment (Doc. 9) is GRANTED, and the property described as:

$199,900.00 UNITED STATES CURRENCY is hereby ordered forfeited to the United States of America, and no right, title or interest in the property shall exist in any other party. The property shall be disposed of according to law by the United States Marshal.

The Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to enter judgment accordingly.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

G. Patrick Murphy United States District Judge

20090429

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