Civil forfeitures trend upward in Walker County, Texas

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a crimp on the nation’s economy, but it has not reduced the number of civil asset forfeiture cases in Walker County.

The number of civil asset forfeiture seizure funds from the 2019-20 fiscal year was increased by more than 133 percent compared to the same time last year, according to an examination of the county’s civil asset forfeiture annual report.

Over the county’s prior fiscal year, which ended in September, there were 16 new petitions filed compared with the same time last year, when there were only eight new entries. This accounted for $164,523 in potential forfeiture funds, as compared to $32,599 the prior year.