Massachusetts law enforcement expect legal challenges to seizures after US Supreme Court ruling

One local police chief agreed with the logic of the ruling by the Supreme Court, which he noted is not known for its unanimous decisions.

“You can’t seize a $42,000 vehicle over $400 worth of stuff,” Mansfield Police Chief Ron Sellon said.

Sellon said he did not have the amount Mansfield receives in civil asset forfeitures, but added that it does not involve large amounts of money typically seized by police in larger cities who arrest major traffickers.

When local police seize cash from criminals, such as drug dealers, they must share it with the district attorney’s office.