Mexico Issues New Asset Forfeiture Law and Creates Special Forfeiture Unit

Asset forfeiture—states recovering ill-gotten gains from criminals—is nothing new. Indeed, Mexico passed its first forfeiture law in 2008 in response to a perceived increase in violent organized crime. The 2008 law was welcomed, as it purportedly enabled the government to pursue the finances of Mexico’s drug cartels. However, that law provided for asset recovery within the limits of existing constitutional protections and ultimately was less successful than envisaged…