Federal/State Asset Forfeiture Program
The Department participates in the Federal Asset Forfeiture Program, by providing an officer to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who is cross sworn as a DEA/CHP agent. This position is a liaison between the Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The liaison can adopt asset forfeiture cases for submission to the United States Attorney's Office, for real property used to facilitate the cultivation of marijuana. The Federal Asset Forfeiture Program is normally used when a case does not meet the minimum requirements of the State Asset Forfeiture Program or when a district attorney is unable to file a forfeiture case. The Department's participation in this program has been extremely successful in severely hampering the ability of drug traffickers to acquire assets with money derived from illegal activities. The Department returns 70 percent of the seized assets to the county law enforcement agency.