A Wisconsin woman convicted of four federal crimes could be in violation of the conditions of her release because of what police allegedly found in her home. Law enforcement from three agencies claim to have seized more than $750,000 in cash along with synthetic drugs, suspected marijuana, ammunition, high-capacity magazines and body armor. The terms of her release from custody included a ban on possession of any controlled substance and a ban on having firearms, destructive devices or weapons.
Authorities reportedly found the items on Dec. 18 in a search of the woman’s home in Superior. The search was done through a joint operation by officers from the Superior Police Department, the Duluth Police Department and the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, both from Duluth, Minnesota. She shares the home with a man who was convicted on Oct. 7 for selling synthetic drugs from his Duluth store. Authorities said that they had not decided if they would file additional charges.
Police said that they searched the home because of information that they obtained after the man’s conviction. They also claim to have seized around $183,000 from his home in April. Although the home itself is not on the judge’s order of assets that authorities can seize, they can seize some of its contents, including cash. The judge’s order, which will become final at his sentencing, also authorizes the seizure of the man’s store, vacation property in Mexico and $3.5 million from bank accounts.
The man’s lawyers plan to appeal his federal convictions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Convictions of those who are accused of having committed drug crimes may be overturned through the appeals process if new evidence is obtained. A conviction might also be overturned if it can be proven that a search was conducted without regard to the rights of the accused.
Source: Grand Forks Herald, “Cash seized from Wisconsin home of synthetic drug dealer”, Tom Olsen , December 19, 2013