Unfortunately a lot of the “drug seizures” are not anything of the sort. Most is just money stolen from people that happened to be carrying too much cash when stopped and searched by the cops. It cost at least $5,000 to go to court to prove that the money was not the result of criminal activity so most people don’t bother unless it’s over that amount. This is a good example of why the seizure laws encourage cops to go out and seize even more, the more they take the more toys they can buy.
Without trial, conviction, or even indictment. Poof! Gone.