Most of the $13M in assets seized by Michigan police in 2017 came from drug cases

Michigan police agencies are allowed to permanently seize assets related to criminal investigations on controlled substances, identity theft, public nuisance and an assortment of other crimes.

According to the Michigan State Police 2018 Asset Forfeiture Report, police agencies got $13.1 million from such asset forfeitures in 2017.

A new bill recently passed the State senate that would prohibit seizures of property valued at less than $50,000 without a conviction in the case, and is currently making its way through the legislative process. The Michigan House recently passed a pair of bills making significant changes to the civil asset forfeiture law as well.